Rahman Mustafayev, Ambassador of Azerbaijan in Greece


Azerbaijan - connecting nations & continents


Exclusive article for the "Politistiki Diplomatia Magazine, issue of October-November 2012

The location of Azerbaijan in geopolitically important region, on the crossroads of competing interests of great powers, has predetermined its foreign policy priorities. Baku is pursuing balanced policy with leading global and regional actors, seeking to join their interests by large-scale projects and is consistently expanding the geography of bilateral cooperation - Azerbaijan has already established 74 foreign diplomatic representations. As a result, on 26th of May 2011 by votes of 118 countries Azerbaijan has become permanent member of the Non-Aligned Movement. Six months later, on 24th of October 2011, Azerbaijan has become non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for years 2012-2013, being supported by 155 UN country-members.

These facts testify to growing role of Azerbaijan in the region and in the international relations. For its almost three-thousand-years history Azerbaijan has been an area for peaceful coexistence of various religions, cultures and nations. Continuing this deep-rooted tradition, our country consistently promotes inter-religious and cross-cultural dialogue aiming at strengthening peace and cooperation among different countries and people. On October 4-5 Baku will host the 2nd International Humanitarian Forum, and we are looking forward to a large delegation from Greece to participate in the Forum-s activities.

Unique positioning of Azerbaijan at the intersection of transport corridors East-West and North-South, its independent, balanced and stable foreign policy in combination with rich mineral resources are becoming growing factor in historic rapprochement and cooperation among Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. Azerbaijan today, as many centuries before in the era of the Great Silk Road, unites countries and continents. But this time by more ambitious projects.

In particular, future deliveries of Azerbaijani gas to Europe will become the most important factor of strengthening energy security of European countries. Both geopolitical and economic consequences of this project are of significant importance for European countries.

For the first time in their history they will get an access to reliable alternative supplies of gas, first from Azerbaijan and then possibly from Central Asia and Near East countries. In this context, we attach great importance to Greece that may become the first EU country to transit Azerbaijani gas to Europe. If it happens, trade and investment cooperation between our countries will gain stronger incentive for development. Implementation of independent and active foreign policy rests on a solid economic and financial foundation. Azerbaijan of today is clear economic leader in the region - the volume of its economy equals almost to 80% of total GDP of the whole Southern Caucasus.

A stronger economy sets a new content of our foreign policy. With foreign currency reserves reached 43 billion dollars, Azerbaijan is now in a position to allocate more financial resources for supporting development programs for less developed countries. In particular, our country has allocated about 100 million dollars for different projects in African, Latin American and Caribbean countries. Unfortunately, the development of Azerbaijan and the whole region is impeded by Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

As a result of military aggression of Armenia almost 20% of Azerbaijani territory are occupied by Armenian armed forces and approximately every ninth resident of our country is in the position of displaced person or refugee. Huge damage was caused to economy, ecology and cultural identify of occupied territories. UN Security Council in its four resolutions as of 1993 fully supported sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan, emphasized the unacceptability of forcible seizure of land, called for immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian occupying forces from all territories of Azerbaijan. Unfortunately, Armenia ignores all these calls and peace plans of mediators, trying by all military, diplomatic and propaganda means to consolidate the results of its aggression. However, there are no alternatives to these basic principles of the international law, which are the only foundation for peace and cooperation between Azerbaijan and Armenia, stability and long-term development of the region.





- RAHMAN MUSTAFAYEV, Ambassador of Azerbaijan in Greece
- GAGIK GHALATCHIAN, Πρέσβυς της Αρμενίας στην Ελλάδα
- Dr. VALENTIN CIUMAC, Ambassador of Moldova in Greece

- ΙΩΣΗΦ ΙΩΣΗΦ, Πρέσβυς της Κύπρου στην Ελλάδα

- Δρ. ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΛΥΡΑΣ, Επίτ. Πρόξενος της Βραζιλίας στην Ελλάδα

- VOLODYMYR SHKUROV, Ambassador of Ukraine to the Hellenic Republic
- MACIEJ KRYCH, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland


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- MEHDI HONARDOOST, Ambassador of Iran

- DRAGAN ZUPANJEVAC, Ambassador of Serbia

- VOLODYMYR SHKUROV, Ambassador of Ukraine

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- JOZSEF TOTH, Ambassador of Hungary 


- JAN VODERADSKY, Ambassador of Slovakia
- MANDISA DONA MARASHA, Ambassador of South Africa    

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