The opening of the Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Los Angeles and Western States was a significant milestone in the rapidly developing bilateral ties between the United States and Azerbaijan.
Overseeing operations in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, the mission of the Los Angeles –based Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan is two-fold:
- To promote the development of commercial, economic, cultural and scientific relations between Azerbaijan and western states of the United States.
- To protect the rights and interests of the nationals of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the interests of Azerbaijan as a State, and to exercise official consular functions provided for through legislation, international agreements, and other principals and customary regulations under international law.
In October of 2010, Mr. Emmit Richard “Art” McHaffie was appointed Azerbaijan’s Honorary Consul to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. McHaffie’s appointment marks the first time the Government of Azerbaijan designates an honorary consul in the United States and reflects the policy of expanding and strengthening the relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the United States of America, as well as an emphasis on the outreach to the western states.