LOS ANGELES (APA)—Azerbaijan’s Consul General in Los Angeles, Elin Suleymanov, met on Monday with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Azeri Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
Suleymanov thanked Schwarzenegger for issuing a statement earlier this year commemorating Azerbaijan’s independence day and presented the Governor with an Azerbaijani carpet with his portrait weaved into it.
“Azerbaijani-US ties may not be in full bloom right now, but nevertheless Baku has decided that the work of the governor of California deserves a little appreciation,” a consulate spokesperson was quoted by the Trend News Agency as saying. “The Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles has presented Arnold Schwarzenegger with a handmade Azerbaijani carpet that features the onetime Terminator’s portrait.”
The meeting comes as Azerbaijan steps up efforts to take its rivalry with Armenia to the Golden State, home to one of the world’s largest Armenian Diasporas.