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U.S. Relations With Azerbaijan


Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Fact Sheet
September 10, 2013

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More information about Azerbaijan is available on the Azerbaijan Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-AZERBAIJAN RELATIONS

The United States established diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan in 1992, following its independence from the Soviet Union. The United States is committed to strengthening democracy and the formation of an open market economy in Azerbaijan. It stands to gain benefits from an Azerbaijan that is peaceful, democratic, prosperous, and strategically linked to the United States and U.S. allies in Europe. The United States seeks new ways to partner with Azerbaijan to promote regional security and stability, enhance energy security, and strengthen economic and political reforms. The United States supports efforts to peacefully resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and reopen the closed border with Armenia.

U.S. Assistance to Azerbaijan

U.S. Government assistance to Azerbaijan aims to encourage reforms that promote the development of democratic institutions and processes, sustainable economic growth, and regional security. A fact sheet on U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan can be found here.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States and Azerbaijan have a bilateral trade agreement and a bilateral investment treaty. U.S. companies are involved in offshore oil development projects with Azerbaijan and have been exploring emerging investment opportunities in Azerbaijan in telecommunications and other fields. Azerbaijan has been designated as a beneficiary country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, under which a range of products that Azerbaijan might seek to export are eligible for duty-free entry to the United States. The GSP program provides an incentive for investors to produce in Azerbaijan and export selected products duty-free to the U.S. market.

Azerbaijan's Membership in International Organizations

Azerbaijan and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. Azerbaijan also is an observer to the Organization of American States and the World Trade Organization and a participant in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Partnership for Peace program.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan is Richard Morningstar; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Azerbaijan maintains an embassy in the United States at 2741 34th Street NW, Washington, DC 20008; tel. (202) 337-3500.

More information about Azerbaijan is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Azerbaijan Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Azerbaijan Page
U.S. Embassy: Azerbaijan
USAID Azerbaijan Page
History of U.S. Relations With Azerbaijan
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information



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