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 history of relations between Egypt and Azerbaijan dates back to ancient times. These relations have also continued during the period of the former Soviet Union. The richness of Azerbaijan in oil and gas reserves has led to occupy its important place among the former Soviet Union republics. It is known that Egypt has collaborated with the Soviet Union for a long time in military, economic and political spheres.
Malaysia enjoys close and friendly relations with the Republic of Azerbaijan since diplomatic relations were established on 5 April 1993. Azerbaijan established its diplomatic mission in Malaysia in June, 2007, while Malaysia recently established its Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan on 1 April 2014. An official opening ceremony of the Embassy of Malaysia in Baku was held on 12 September 2014 and was officiated by The Honourable Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia accompanied by His Excellency Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan and His Excellency Anifah Aman, the Foreign Minister of Malaysia.
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.
Istanbul bleeds again as a fresh wave of terrorist attacks killed dozens of innocent people. The brotherly nation once again united against the evil of terrorism. The country`s leadership reaffirmed its commitment to the development line and readiness to put zeal in this mission. Letters of condolence were pouring in from friendly countries. The President of Azerbaijan also expressed his sympathy with the Turkish nation. Experts look at this incident in a geo-political context. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said certain forces carry out a dirty trick campaign against Turkey. The terrorist attacks are committed by their servants. Ankara is determined to get to the root of the problem, and no one can stop it. Experts are now trying to forecast possible geo-political repercussions of the latest terrorist attack.
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 diplomatic ties between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Azerbaijan was established in 1992 and passed through the great course of development over the past 24 years. During this period, there were three state visits of the heads of our countries and meantime, numerous visits of the prime ministers and other high ranking government officials. Trade volume between the two countries reached USD 310 million recently and the number of Korean population residing in Azerbaijan exceeded 300. Exchange of people between Korea and Azerbaijan is around 4,000 per year and the number of students studying under the scholarship of Korean government is increasing every year. The amount of a grant provided by KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) under the Embassy stands at USD 40 million as of today.
The relations between our two Countries have since then always been more than friendly and, already in 1997, on the occasion of his first official visit to Rome, President Heydar Aliyev expressed his "gratitude to Italy for recognizing the Independence of Azerbaijan immediately'', noting the "great importance'' of our bilateral relations and its potential in all fields.
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.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was one of the first countries to recognize Azerbaijan's independence in 1991, establishing diplomatic relations with a non resident ambassador covering relations from Turkey at first, and opening an embassy in Baku later on. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Azerbaijan have brotherly relations established by their respective leaders – late King Hussein bin Talal and the late President Heydar Aliyev. Their first meeting took place in 1994 at the Organization of Islamic Conference summit in Casablanca. Both leaders founded Jordan-Azerbaijan friendly relations based on brotherhood and mutual understanding.