Clinton meets with FLEX alumni in Azerbaijan

During a meeting of civil society and youth leaders in Baku, Azerbaijan, on July 4, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with three representatives of the FLEX program, including the Azerbaijan alumni coordinator, Leyla Aslanova (FLEX ’07). Aslanova asked Clinton what role she sees U.S.-educated exchange alumni playing in Azerbaijan society. Clinton responded that alumni should continue to foster ties between Americans and Azerbaijanis by sharing their experiences and encouraging more students to apply to study in the U.S.

During her conversation on the same day with Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, Clinton further expressed her support of international exchange programs between the two countries:

We have many vibrant cultural and commercial ties, many exchanges, particularly educational exchanges. I met five young people today who have come on exchanges to study in the United States, and I would like to see that expanded, and I would like to see American students and professionals and academics and others coming here.