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Azerbaijan America Alliance December Newsletter

Monday, December 3, 2012



Monday, December 3, 2012

Azerbaijan America Alliance Gala Dinner

A Night in Washington with Friends from Baku


Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C.


The Alliance hosted a gala dinner on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, in Washington, D.C. for nearly 700 invited guests from the Obama Administration, Capitol Hill, the Diplomatic Corps, and the think tank and academic communities. The event highlighted the growing relationship between the United States and Azerbaijan, while celebrating the ancient and rich culture of this key ally in the South Caucasus region.


Themed "A Night in Washington with Friends from Baku," the gala was hosted by Alliance founder Anar Mammadov under the honorary patronage of H.E. Ambassador Elin Suleymanov. The evening included Azerbaijani music and dance as well as a dinner of traditional Azerbaijani dishes.



Congressman Dan Burton Gave the Keynote Address


Rep. Dan Burton, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, delivered keynote remarks. He was joined by other Congressional leaders including Senator Saxby Chambliss, Senator Richard Burr and House Speaker John Boehner. Other dignitaries included Ambassadors and other senior diplomatic representatives from 40 embassies in DC.


In his remarks to attendees, Chairman Burton praised Azerbaijan and its people, noting that the country made a wonderful first impression and adding that "Baku is one of the most beautiful cities in the world." He urged his colleagues in Congress and attendees at the gala to visit Baku and get to know Azerbaijan. Chairman Burton also noted that "it is extremely important that we expand our relationship with Azerbaijan" and lauded the Alliance's work to build new ties.

Eurovision Pop Sensations Ell & Nikki, Natig Rhythm Performed



Ell & Nikki, the 2011 winners of the pop Eurovision song contest, entertained the audience with their smash hit, "Running Scared". The eclectic drum group Natig Rhythm Group also impressed the crowd.


Other famous performers from Azerbaijan:

Jangi Dance Ensemble

Mensum Ibrahimov, Mugham singer 

Mirpasha Shukurov, Mugham singer

Elchin Shirinov, jazz pianist 


Media Coverage of the Event


The Hill, "Washington Has Friends in Baku" by Khayal Sharif-zadeh, "America, Meet Azerbaijan" by Hilary Kramer, "Azerbaijan: A Metaphor for Sustainable Change" by Hilary Kramer

Bloomberg, "Scene in D.C.: Legislator Dance" by Stephanie Green

Revamp, "Speaker Boehner, Congressional Leaders, AMBs Reaffirm US/Azerbaijani Relationship at Dinner  

  Gala" by Daniel Swartz

News.Az, "Extremely Important to Expand Relationship with Azerbaijan - US Congressman"

“This evening was a fantastic example of how music, food and cultural exchange can build bridges of friendship, mutual respect and understanding between two peoples from across the globe.


Anar Mammadov, Founder of the Alliance

Speaker of the House John Boehner Attended

Anar Mammadov, Founder, with Speaker of the House, John Boehner


Azerbaijan America Alliance 2012-2013 Scholarship Awards


Alliance Founder Anar Mammadov awarded three recipients of the 2012-2013 Azerbaijan America Alliance Scholarship: Ismayil Huseynov, Turkhan Sadigov, and Jeannette Gerry. The university students were selected based on merit as well as financial need and will receive $10,000 each to support their programs of study. 

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