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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Oklahoma Senate passes strategic partnership resolution with Azerbaijan

Oklahoma's State Senate recently passed a resolution that commemorates the state's partnership with Azerbaijan and calls on the federal government to strengthen its relationship with the country.

The resolution commemorated the 11th anniversary of Oklahoma's partnership with Azerbaijan and called on the U.S. to focus on ways to improve bilateral relations, including in directing distribution, security, defense, culture, energy, trade, economics and politics, the Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency reports.

Sen. Tom Ivester (D-26th) introduced the resolution, which was signed by all members of Oklahoma's upper chamber. It later passed at a session attended by top ranking officials at the Oklahoma Military Department and a delegation of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington.

The resolution said Azerbaijan plays an important part in the Eurasian energy market and serves as a reliable partner for global energy security. It praised Azerbaijan as a role model of intercultural exchange.

Brig. Gen. Gregory Ferguson, the chief of staff of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, said Azerbaijan was the United States' major strategic partner in the region.

Ambassador Elin Suleymanov expressed confidence that the resolution would be a solid foundation to further develop a relationship between Azerbaijan and the state of Oklahoma, the Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency reports.