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New U.S. Ambassador Vows to Deepen Washington-Baku Ties

Robert Cekuta, the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan is hopeful to deepen bilateral relations between Washington and Baku.

"I am delighted to be in Baku, my family will soon arrive in Baku," Cekuta said upon his arrival in Azerbaijani capital. He said after presenting his credentials to the head of state, he plans to meet with Azerbaijani people across the country.

"I want to learn people's opinion about what is important for our countries. I am sure that as a result of these meetings, understanding and mutual respect between our two countries will grow and we will be able to build a closer relationship," said Cekuta.

The U.S. Senate approved the candidacy of Cekuta as the new ambassador to Azerbaijan in last December. Prior to his arrival in Azerbaijan, Cekuta issued a welcome statement to the people of Azerbaijan.

In his welcome video message, the envoy said the U.S. and Azerbaijan have had common goals since Azerbaijan's independence in 1991. Cekuta stressed the main areas of cooperation which he intends to strengthen after taking office.

His recent overseas assignments include Tokyo (2007 – 2009) and Berlin (2003 – 2007) where he led the U.S. delegations in a full range of economic events.

Cekuta's activity as Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at the US embassy in Germany covered counter-terrorism activities and efforts to combat international crime. He also served as the Senior Advisor for Food Security in the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs and as the Senior Deputy Coordinating Director for Economic and Development Affairs at the US embassy in Kabul.

Since Azerbaijan's emergence as an independent nation in 1991, the U.S.-Azerbaijan relationship has evolved into a strategic partnership based on mutual interests and common values.

Source: Azernews

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