Baku Irked by California Officials’ Visit to Artsakh

Azeri Foreign Ministry Spokesman Elman Abdullayev

LOS ANGELES—Amid news of the visit to Artsakh by a delegation of California elected officials, organized with the help of the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region, the foreign ministry of Azerbaijan has made an announcement that the officials will be banned from visiting Azerbaijan in the future, as the Baku’s new policy dictates.

The Azeri foreign ministry’s spokesperson, Elman Abdullayev, expressed anger at the planned visit and confirmed that the delegation, which includes California Speaker of the House John Pérez and Los Angeles City Council Member Bob Blumenfield, will be added to Azerbaijan’s newly invented list of personae non gratae.

The Azeri government announced this policy in August of 2013 and has so far added more than 300 government officials, journalists, and renowned artists on its blacklist.

Prior to the visit, the Turkish-Azeri lobby in California sent online instructions to its followers, asking to help stop the planned visit. The Turkish-Azeri lobby accused the ANCA of being deceitful and interfering in American foreign policy.

ANCA Western Region Chair Nora Hovsepian, speaking to, said, “We are proud to serve as a bridge between government representatives and the people of California and Armenia and are looking forward to what promises to be a very memorable trip that will set the foundation for similar visits with other officials in the future.”

The former Consul General of Armenia in Los Angeles, Grigor Hovannissian, who helped to arrange the visit, said, “The California State legislative delegation to Armenia is a long overdue and groundbreaking development. We are very pleased that Speaker Pérez and a bipartisan group of legislators will be arriving in our country at the invitation of the Governments of Armenia and Artsakh.”

He added, “We are hopeful that this first in kind mission would leave a lasting impact and contribute to strengthening political contacts between the Republic of Armenia and the great State of California.”


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  1. Ararat said:

    It is funny these announcements come from the officials of an artificial state. The Azerbaijani nation is a fabricated nation and so is the fake state of Azerbaijan. This artificial state is nothing more than a gas station. Getting announcements from their officials is like getting pieces of worthless notes from gas station attendants.

    In their own homeland, in Northwestern Iran and throughout Iran for that matter, these people are known as and referred to as donkeys. It sure is a title very becoming of them because they can’t even do Math properly. They forgot to add to their worthless blacklist the names of hundreds of thousands of Armenians who visit Artsakh every year.

    The funny thing is they are totally unaware and oblivious to the fact that we Armenians have a blacklist of our own with 7,000,000 registered donkey Azeris who will be shot on the spot even if they attempt to set foot on Artsakh, let alone try to pay a visit.

    At the top of our blacklist is their donkey-in-chief Aliyev.

  2. Masis said:

    Pretty soon the Minsk group officials will also be persona non grata for Baku. Isolationism has been their modus operandi.

  3. GeorgeMardig said:

    This shows how advisers of Aliyev give great ideas to implement, AZERBAIJAN IS TRYING TO ISOLATE THE WORLD, …LOL, Ha…Ha…Ha…

  4. AL said:

    Of course Azerbaijan is offended just like Turkey tries to keep quiet talk of the genocide so does Azerbaijan… The truth prevails.

  5. Elsa said:

    someone has to tell Azerbaiyani officials, just because they are rich doesn’t mean that the world is stupid!