Azerbaijan American Priorities

Azerbaijan established diplomatic relations with United States in 1992, following its independence from the Soviet Union. Azerbaijan and United States work to promote European energy security, expand bilateral trade and investment, and combat terrorism and transnational threats.

  • Azerbaijan-US relations are multi-dimensional and of a strategic nature in several respects. The U.S. is a strong supporter of Azerbaijan’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. IPAP implementation owes much to US support.
  • The U.S. support for the BTC and Shahdeniz pipelines and development of Azerbaijan’s energy resources has been a decisive factor for success. U.S. companies, along with those of Europe, were among the first to enter the energy sector of Azerbaijan after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • U.S. plays an important role as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, aiming to help the resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. Azerbaijan hopes the U.S. increases its efforts in finding a peaceful solution for the conflict in the framework of international law and respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty. After Azerbaijan restoring its territories liberated from Armenia occupation Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry thanked US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker, President of the European Council Charles Michel and the Swedish Chairmanship of the OSCE for their contribution to the process in exchange for providing Azerbaijan with maps of 97,000 anti-tank and anti-personnel mines in the Aghdam region, 15 detained Armenians were handed over to Armenia on the Azerbaijani-Georgian border with the participation of Georgian representatives.
  • US-Azerbaijan cooperation in counter-terrorism is expanding. Republic of Azerbaijan was among the first to support the United States after the terrorist attacks of September 11, and provided the necessary support for the counter-terrorism efforts.
  • Azerbaijan is eager to develop cooperation with the United States in political, economic, security and other spheres. This cooperation will be further enhanced by the removal of section 907 of the Freedom Support Act.