By Amina Nazarli
Azerbaijan and the U.S. celebrated the 25th anniversary of establishment of the diplomatic relations with a solemn event at the International Mugham Center in Baku on April 12.
A special exhibition organized at the Center featured the history of bilateral ties between the two countries.
U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta, addressing the event, spoke of the history of these relations, noting his country was one of the first to recognize Azerbaijan’s independence.
Cekuta said over the past 25 years, the U.S. provided over $1.3 billion as assistance to Azerbaijan.
“This is a humanitarian assistance to help farmers, to help develop new industries, to help develop new companies and new businesses,” noted the ambassador.
“The important thing about the relationship between Azerbaijan and the U.S. has been the people and what they have done together to build a strong relationship, as well as to help make Azerbaijan a strong, prosperous, democratic, independent country,” added Cekuta.
The diplomat said that during the 25-year period, over 6,000 Azerbaijanis have studied in the US and also Americans have come to Azerbaijan to study and work at universities.
Along with this, U.S. education specialists, teachers and professors assisted Azerbaijanis in various educational institutions in Azerbaijan, he noted.
The ambassador also said the U.S. has been supporting Azerbaijan in diversification of its energy supplies.
“We have continued working with Azerbaijan over 25 years and discussing the energy projects to move them forward. These projects are very important for European energy security and global energy security,” added Cekuta.
In turn, Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev expressed congratulations on behalf of the Azerbaijani government, noting the two countries are reliable partners and successfully cooperate also in the humanitarian sphere.