Pakistan and Azerbaijan are two fraternal countries. Close and cordial relations between the two countries are characterized by common cultural heritage, shared perceptions on global and regional issues and cooperation at international forums. Due to deeply entrenched affinities, both the countries cherish special bond of friendship. Pakistan was among the first three countries to recognize Azerbaijan after its independence from the former Soviet Union in October 1991. Diplomatic relations were established in June 1992. Pakistan Embassy was opened in March 1993 in Baku and Azerbaijan established its Mission in Islamabad in August 1997. Next year i.e. in 2017 the two countries will celebrate silver Jubilee of establishment of their diplomatic relations. The cooperation between the two states extends to various spheres ranging from political, economic, security, defence to culture.
The independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan was re-established in 1991, and Azerbaijan can now celebrate its 25th anniversary as a free nation. I congratulate the people and government of Azerbaijan on this important occasion and wish your country every success, prosperity, welfare and happiness. Norway and Azerbaijan have developed extensive bilateral relations over the past 25 years, and we look forward to continued cooperation and friendship.
Experts are analyzing the visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Yerevan. The Armenian media`s coverage is full of pathos. But a deeper look at the analyses reveals some signs of prejudice. Iran and Armenia signed several documents, with the two countries expressing their interest in developing bilateral relations and implementing regional projects. For some reasons Armenian experts created anti-Azerbaijani and anti-Turkish hysteria around these developments. As if Iran gives preference to a format of cooperation with Azerbaijan and Turkey. Such a behavior of the Armenians was expected as they have always been far from objectivity. In reality, Iran and Azerbaijan now enjoy excellent relations and any confrontation between the two is out of question. Leaders of both countries are determined to develop their cooperation.
The Republic of Lithuania recognized de jure the Republic of Azerbaijan on December 20, 1991. Since November 27, 1995 Lithuania and Azerbaijan established diplomatic relations. Both countries are actively implementing political dialogue as well as developing economic cooperation and diplomatic relations based on international principals, one of which is of great importance for the newly re-created country – it is a respect to country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Marking the anniversaries, such as the 25th anniversary of the State Independences, is significant in terms of offering an opportunity to look back at the past, think over the achieved, summarize and analyse past events and also, based on this analysis, to make plans and decisions for the future. Mentioned 25-year period can be characterized by stable development and establishment for Azerbaijan as is for Latvia and I would say that it was uneasy as both countries had to go through many challenges in order to be successful.
The relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the State of Israel are based on a sound and profound mixture of deep and genuine friendship, shared interests in numerous areas, tremendous potential for further development the relation for the mutual benefits of both states and peoples, similar challenges emanating from the inherent instability in the Middle-East and a principled approach regarding the importance of peaceful resolution of conflicts and disagreements.
Azerbaijan and Iran have had diplomatic relations since 1918. Iran recognized Azerbaijan's independence in 1991 and diplomatic relations between the two countries were re-established in 1992. Since Azerbaijan gained its independence, the two countries' relations have been expanding outstandingly, owing to enormous historical, cultural, and religious commonalties, as well as their long shared borders and mutual interests. Hence, the relation has been of a strategic nature. Strengthening of the relations and development of mutually beneficial cooperation with neighboring countries has been amongst the priorities of Iran's foreign policy. Development of relations between Iran and Azerbaijan could be set as an example for the neighboring countries.
Experts believe that Donald Trump`s coming to power in the USA will mark serious changes in the country`s foreign policy. Official Washington`s possible moves in relation to Azerbaijan and Turkey are the focus of attention. In this context, experts emphasize the fact that Donald Trump spoke on the phone to the Azerbaijani and Turkish leadership before he did so with several European heads of state. Most importantly the US President-elect openly expressed his intention to develop cooperation with both countries. Political analysts have different opinions on this. Meanwhile, Armenian experts can hardly conceal their jealousy and prejudice. They cannot bear America`s giving preference to two Muslim countries in the region. But this is reality as Azerbaijan and Turkey pursue independent policy and have remained committed to equal constructive cooperation with all countries.
The key factor in developing bilateral ties and broadening regional cooperation, has always been the energy potential of Azerbaijan. The traditional export route for Azerbaijani oil since the nineteenth century was via Georgia's Black Sea ports, and the revitalization of that export link became a priority for both countries. It has become clear for the leaders of nations that Georgia and Azerbaijan could make a strategic link for West and East. Existing and potential conflicts and the danger of destabilization in the Caucasus and Central Asia were additional incentives to initiate regional cooperation.
On December 31, 1991, after 3 weeks from the announcement of the collapse of the Soviet Union, France officially recognized the independence of Azerbaijan. France that has taken such a decision second after Turkey opened its embassy in Baku on March 19, 1992. Such a powerful symbol of bilateral friendship made headway so far and currently, continues enriching by learning from each other in political, economic, cultural and educational fields. A year later, on March 19-22, 1993 newly elected President Heydar Aliyev made his first official visit abroad to France. On October 11, 1996, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France paid an official visit to Baku and from January 13 to 15, 1997 Heydar Aliyev made an official visit to Paris.