Azerbaijani-American Rally in Houston

Azerbaijani-American community stands with Azerbaijan, president Aliyev and 1 million Azerbaijani refugees that fled #Karabakh 28 years ago.
Azerbaijanis all over the United States and Europe organized peaceful protests to show the unity and support. On October 28th Azerbaijanis in Texas gathered in front of Houston City Hall for the same purpose.

#Karabakh is not a disputed territory. It is internationally recognized territory of #Azerbaijan.


2013 US – Azerbaijan Convention in Baku


On May 28-29, 2013, Baku hosted the “Azerbaijan-US: Vision for Future” convention co-organized by the Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians and the American Friends of Azerbaijan (AFAZ).

The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev delivered the opening remarks to the audience.

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Among the guests present were a special delegation consisting of 11 Members of the United State’s Congress and 200+ legislators from 42 different States. The U.S-Azerbaijani Convention was huge success overall with a record of 300+ high level officials attending.

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In attendance from Houston were former Mayor Bill White of Houston,  Sheila Jackson Lee, Rubin Hinojosa, Ted Poe and Steve Stockman, all members of the Texas delegation to the United States Congress, and Houston City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Edward Gonzalez, Matthew Bryza, Former US Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan and current US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar.

Additional guests included former Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York, Congresswoman Michelle Grisham of New Mexico, Congressman Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, and Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana.

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During this conference the delegates were treated to a private audience with President Aliyev, Lt. General Elchin I. Guliyev, Chief of the Azerbaijan’s Border Security, and Shahmar Movsumov, Executive Director of the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan where they discussed matters of importance to the US – Azerbaijan relationship.  They later visited the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy.

The US delegation also met with delegates of the Mili Majlis which included Samad Seyidov, Ziyafat Asgarov, Mukhtar Babayev, Sevinj Fataliyeva, Asim Mollazade, and Sahiba Gafarova.

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3rd Congress of World Azerbaijanis

3rd Congress of World Azerbaijanis held in Baku on July 5 and 6, 2011.  Approximately 1300 international delegates from state and government organizations, non-governmental organizations, cultural, educational and other creative institutions and political parties and guests with an affiliation with the Azerbaijan Diaspora attended the 3rd Congress of World Azerbaijanis held in Baku on July 5 and 6, 2011.  Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev who also participated in the congress gave an opening speech during which he mentioned the plans for Azerbaijan to open Cultural Centres worldwide.  Several members of Houston-Baku Sister City Association attended the congress which also provided a valuable opportunity to establish connections with representatives of other international organizations with an affiliation to Baku and Azerbaijan as well as meetings with the local media in which HBSCA’s mission and news about activities could be promoted to the Azerbaijani public.

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Houston-Baku Day

June 14, 2011 was declared Houston-Baku Day in Houston by Mayor Annise Parker
On the occasion of Houston-Baku Sister City Association, Council Member Jarvis Johnson presented a proclamation before council recognizing Houston-Baku Sister for fostering the continuous successful interchange of culture and ideas between Baku and the Houston Community through the diligent work of volunteers.   In honor of this, Mayor Annise Parker proclaimed June 14, 2011 as Houston-Baku Day.

Views of Baku

In 2010, HBSCA coordinated a delegation from Houston to visit Baku.

Baku and Houston are coastal cities, sharing many similarities in commerce, culture, and diversity.

View photos by Maud Bech of their amazing trip: