On April 10, 2012, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev appointed Nasimi Aghayev as Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles. Aghayev is the senior representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to California and other 12 Western U.S. states.
Joining Azerbaijan’s diplomatic service in 1999, the Consul General served at his country’s Embassies in Vienna (2000-03), Berlin (2005-08), Washington, D.C. (2010-12) as well as in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baku. At Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Consul General served as Counselor for Political and Public Affairs.
In 2009, the Consul General was a Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Munk School of Global Affairs (University of Toronto). In 2001-03, he taught the Azerbaijani language at the University of Vienna in Austria.
The Consul General holds Master of European Law (LL.M) degree from the Europa-Institute of the Saarland University, Germany, and Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in International Relations from the Baku State University, Azerbaijan. He was also trained at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy in Austria. His book “Humanitäre Intervention und Völkerrecht: der NATO-Einsatz im Kosovo” (Humanitarian Intervention and International Law: NATO operation in Kosovo) was published in German in Berlin in 2007.
Besides his mother tongue of Azerbaijani, the Consul General is also fluent in English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
He holds the diplomatic rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of First Class. In 2019, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan awarded the Consul General with the Medal of 'Taraggi' of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Consul General Aghayev also serves as the Dean of the Los Angeles Consular Corps, which is the world’s second largest consular corps representing 105 nations.
Consul General Aghayev's articles, as well as letters on Azerbaijan, its foreign policy, traditions of tolerance and multiculturalism as well as global issues have been published by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Roll Call, Daily Caller, Jewish Journal, Arizona Capitol Times, Albuquerque Journal and others.
ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS BY CONSUL GENERAL AGHAYEV:
Members of Congress Should Promote Azerbaijan-Armenia Peace, not Conflict, Medium, February 11, 2021
Remembering Black January: Finding Hope in the Wake of Unspeakable Tragedy, Medium, January 19, 2021
How the French Ambassador watered down UNSC documents on Armenia’s invasion of Kalbajar, Medium, November 24, 2020
Does the Armenian diaspora understand the dynamics of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?, Consul General Aghayev's interview to TRT World, October 15, 2020
Is Nagorno-Karabakh disputed territory?, Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2020
Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict has nothing to do with religion, Medium, October 8, 2020
The Virus of Hate and the Cure of Harmony, Medium, September 10, 2020
Hate Crime in Los Angeles: Armenian Dashnaks’ assault on Azerbaijanis must be condemned by all, Medium, July 26, 2020
In the middle of COVID-19 crisis, Armenia launches military attack against Azerbaijan, Medium, July 14, 2020
En medio de la crisis del coronavirus Armenia lanza ataque militar contra Azerbaiyán, Los Angeles Times Español, July 13, 2020
Armenia: Cultural Genocide, Denial and Deception, Medium, July 6, 2020
Refugees and IDPs: Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk, Medium, June 20, 2020
The Day the Muslim World's First Democracy Fell, Pacific Council on International Policy, April 28, 2020
The Lessons of Azerbaijan’s Black January, 30 Years Later, Pacific Council on International Policy, January 22, 2020
Pittsburgh Tragedy: Azerbaijan Extends Solidarity and Hope, Jewish Journal, November 7, 2018
Is there Hope for Lasting Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh?, THE DAILY CALLER, October 18, 2018
Azerbaijan: Land of Hope, Diversity, Tolerance & Opportunity, Forum Magazine, November, 2017
Truth about Karabakh Conflict in USA, CBC TV, June 30, 2017
Time for Peace in the Caucasus, THE HILL, February 18, 2017
LA Talk LIVE radio: Los Angeles Radio Interviews Azerbaijan's Consul General (VIDEO), May 19, 2016
The Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: The Unfortunate Role of Propaganda, The DAILY CALLER, May 19, 2016
From Azerbaijan with Love, OREGON JEWISH LIFE, March 25, 2016
Remembering the innocent victims of a war crime in Khojaly, JEWISH JOURNAL, February 19, 2016
A Small Nation's Lessons on the Refugee Crisis, THE DAILY CALLER, October 05, 2015
The Western Flow of Caspian Natural Gas, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, August 26, 2015
Arizona lawmakers demonstrated leadership and moral integrity by supporting victims of war crimes, ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES, June 26, 2015
Entrevista con el cónsul general de Azerbaiyán en Los Ángeles, Nasimi Aghayev (VIDEO), HOY LOS ÁNGELES, February 12, 2015
Azerbaiyán, un país en la encrucijada del camino, HOY LOS ÁNGELES, February 12, 2015
Azerbaijan comes to Denver, INTERMOUNTAIN JEWISH NEWS, February 05, 2015
Black January and an unwarranted Nobel Peace Prize, THE HILL, January 16, 2015
Religious Tolerance: Finding a Model that Works in Dangerous Times, ROLL CALL, January 05, 2015
Special interest manipulation damages American foreign policy, THE HILL, October 24, 2014
Talking about Azerbaijani “Seven Beauties” ballet performance on San Diego’s largest TV channel KUSI NEWS, October 11, 2014
Consul General Aghayev's interview on Azerbaijan's soft power with The Public Diplomat at Syracuse University, September 24, 2014
Nagorno-Karabakh: A threat to stability and US interests, THE HILL, July 2, 2014
Azerbaijan's Elections: An Opportunity for a Deeper Partnership, October 24, 2013
The Many Winners of the 'Great Pipeline Race': Azerbaijani Gas is Set to Warm European, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, July 9, 2013
U.S. and Azerbaijan: A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed, June 27, 2013
An Unusual Partnership Between Muslims and Jews, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, Apr. 25, 2013
Azerbaijan Values Israel Ties, JEWISH NEWS OF GREATER PHOENIX (Arizona), Apr. 18, 2013
Black January: Azerbaijan's Parth to Freedom, Jan. 27, 2013
Armenia Has Lost the War, Oct. 1, 2012
Azerbaijan Consul General Tours Monterey, MONTEREY BAY NEWS & VIEWS (California), June 12, 2012
Azerbaijan Seeks Restitution, Peace, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, March 30, 2012
A Region in the Caucasus, THE NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 16, 2011