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  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2015

    This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains. 

  • STATEMENT BY JOHN KIRBY, SPOKESPERSON: U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack in Suruc, Turkey

    The United States condemns today’s terrorist attack in Suruc, Turkey that killed dozens of civilians and wounded many more innocent bystanders.

    We offer our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured. The United States will continue to stand with Turkey, a valued NATO ally and partner in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, as we work together to counter terrorism. 

  • U.S. President Obama delivers a Statement On Iran

    "Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not -- a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change -- change that makes our country, and the world, safer and more secure. This deal is also in line with a tradition of American leadership. It’s now more than 50 years since President Kennedy stood before the American people and said, “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.” He was speaking then about the need for discussions between the United States and the Soviet Union, which led to efforts to restrict the spread of nuclear weapons..."  Full statement »

  • U.S. Embassy Debunks Media Rumors

    Ambassador Cekuta has been meeting with representatives of a number of political parties, including the New Azerbaijan Party, the Popular Front Party, and Musavat, to listen to their views. All meetings have been announced publicly as part of the Ambassador’s efforts to meet with and listen to Azerbaijanis from all aspects of society. The Ambassador also continues meeting extensively with top figures in Azerbaijan’s government. The U.S. Embassy is not plotting a coup in Azerbaijan. Nor is it instructing or financing any political party in the country. Suggestions to the contrary do an injustice to decades of significant U.S. cooperation and support for a stable, prosperous, and independent Azerbaijan. 

  • Security Reminder for the Fourth of July

    As the Fourth of July approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Baku is issuing a general security reminder for all U.S. citizens to help ensure celebrations are safe and successful.

    The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. We encourage U.S. citizens to familiarize themselves with the World Wide Caution updated January 9, 2015. Americans are reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and the U.S. Embassy...   »

  • Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014

    The Azerbaijani constitution provides for a republic with a presidential form of government...  Full text report. »

  • Country Reports on Terrorism 2014

    The Department of State released the 2014 Country Reports on Terrorism.  Read full report here. »

  • President Barack Obama's Ramadan Message

    On behalf of the American people – including Muslim communities in all fifty states – I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem. 

  • Security Reminder During European Games

    As the European Games approach their halfway mark, the U.S. Embassy in Baku is issuing a general security reminder for all U.S. Citizens to help ensure that the second half of the Games is as safe and successful as the first.  

  • Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson, June 13, 2015, Human Rights Defender Emin Huseynov’s Safe Departure from Azerbaijan

    The United States welcomes the decision of the Azerbaijani government to permit Emin Huseynov’s safe departure from Azerbaijan today. Huseynov, who took refuge in the Swiss Embassy in Baku last August fearing arrest, has been a courageous proponent of media freedom as the Director of the Azerbaijani Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety. While we are pleased by this gesture, timed with the launch of the inaugural European Games in Baku, we urge the Azerbaijani government to extend this same good will to others considered to have been incarcerated for their civic activism-- including Leyla and Arif Yunus and Intigam Aliyev, whose health continues to deteriorate. We thank the Swiss government for its longstanding support and assistance to Huseynov.  

  • State Department Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report

    On June 12, 2015, the State Department released the FY 2015 Fiscal Transparency Report pursuant to section 7031(b)(3) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2015 (Div. J, P.L.113-235).

    The Department evaluated the public availability, substantial completeness, and reliability of budget information, as well as the transparency of processes for awarding government contracts and licenses for natural resource extraction. The report can be found on the Department's website at  More info... »

  • Ambassador’s Remarks for Annual U.S.-UK Reception for the Caspian Oil and Gas Show

    “Welcome to everyone, and thank you for coming this evening. Let me first of all thank the sponsors of this event who are listed on our banner. Without your support this event would not be possible. The range of companies on the banner also makes clear something else: commercial enterprises and the people working for them play a vital role in exploring, developing, and moving energy from producers to consumers around the world. These companies have tremendous reserves of experience, knowledge, and technical expertise which they can – and do – bring to bear in Azerbaijan, the UK, the U.S. and other countries around the world…”   »

  • Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Occasion of Azerbaijan’s Republic Day

    On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Azerbaijan as you observe Republic Day on May 28.

    Ninety-seven years ago, the people of Azerbaijan established the first secular democratic republic in the Muslim world. And since you declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, our two countries have worked together to promote Azerbaijan’s sovereignty, democratic development, and prosperity.

    The United States strongly supports your role in European energy diversification through the Southern Gas Corridor. We work side by side to combat terrorism and improve regional and global security through NATO’s mission in Afghanistan. The United States is committed to continuing efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, combat transnational threats, and advance the rule of law.

    On this day of celebration, I send best wishes to all Azerbaijanis.   »

  • Opening of a River Crossing/Water Management System in Gam-Gam Community, Guba

    Ladies and gentlemen, Xanımlar ve cenablar

    Good afternoon. It is a great pleasure to join in opening your community’s new bridges crossing the cuğacuğ River. As American Ambassador, it is a great source of pride and happiness to see this network of crossings and this system of water management today here in your community that the United States was able to help make possible through USAID and its Socio-Economic Development Activity (SEDA) program.

    This network of bridges and the improvements in water management for Qam-Qam is an example of the governments of the United States and Azerbaijan coming together to help local communities address problems, to help communities find answers to the needs they face.

    Just as important, completion of this network of river crossings is a clear example of what can be achieved when local communities have the chance to help themselves. After all, who better understands and has more interest in the well-being of a community than the people of that community themselves?...   Full speech »

  • Condolences for the May 19 fire

    The people and government of the United States want to offer our deepest condolences and prayers for the victims of the tragic apartment building fire in Baku on May 19. May all those who have lost loved ones be consoled, and may those who are injured speedily recover. 

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