U.S.-Azerbaijan Security Dialogue

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 24, 2012

The U.S. Department of State hosted Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov and other representatives from the Azerbaijani government for the U.S. –Azerbaijan Security Dialogue, which met today in Washington, D.C.

Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro led the U.S. delegation, which included participation from Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of International Organizations Dean Pittman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Celeste Wallander, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Political-Military Affairs Beth McCormick, Deputy Assistant Coordinator for Counterterrorism Anne Witkowsky, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy William Bryan, the Secretary’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues Chris Painter, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Simon Limage, Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near-Eastern Affairs Henry Wooster, and other senior U.S. Government officials.

Building on the success of the previous Security Dialogue held in 2011 in Baku, Azerbaijan, officials focused on a wide range of political-military issues, including cooperation in maritime security, counterterrorism, border security, and countering nuclear smuggling and other aspects of nonproliferation, as well as Azerbaijan’s contributions to the Northern Distribution Network and other initiatives supporting international security efforts in Afghanistan.

PRN: 2012/1203