Welcome message from Ambassador

Dear friends, 

I am sincerely glad to welcome You on the official website of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Latvia. 

I hope that this site will help you to find basic information about Azerbaijan, the development of Azerbaijan-Latvian relations and the activity of our Embassy. 

Azerbaijan is the richest country of the South Caucasian region with its natural resources. One of the first oil fields in the world was drilled in Azerbaijan. At the end of the XIX and the beginning of the XX centuries Azerbaijan was in the first places in the world for oil production. 

For the first time in East the establishment of the democratic Republic was realized in Azerbaijan in 1918. 

Prosperity of Azerbaijan either in the soviet period or after the restoration of its independence is connected with the name of national leader of Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev. 

As a result of political and statehood ideas which were elaborated by him and currently continued by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, today Azerbaijan strengthens its positions in region and world. Political and economic reforms implemented provided dynamic development of country. 

Azerbaijan implements projects of international importance that will stimulate the strengthening of regional stability and security, economic development and integration. From July 13, 2006 Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan main export pipeline already takes Azerbaijani oil to the world markets. Besides, implementation of the projects such Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas line, TRASECA program, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will play great role in development and integration to Europe of both Azerbaijan and region. 

At present Azerbaijan posses big potential and opportunities not only in the oil and gas sector, as well as in non-oil sectors: agriculture, light industry, tourism, chemicals, metallurgy, aluminium industry, mechanics, etc, which attract the interest of a lot of countries and are the favourable sectors for investment. 

Unfortunately Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan is obstacle for the stability and prosperity of the region. As a result of the aggression Armenia subsequently occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan and also seven more districts of our country. 20 % of the territory of Azerbaijan is still under occupation, and the number of people who have been refugees and displaced persons in Azerbaijan reached 1 million. 

The Government of Azerbaijan remains committed to peaceful settlement of the conflict based on the respect for the norms and principles of international law, in particular on the principle of territorial integrity, the implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions and the OSCE documents and decisions. 

Regarding to Azerbaijan-Latvia relations I would like to emphasize there are many similar features in history of our countries. Struggle for independence brought our nations closer. Big Azerbaijani community lives in Latvia. We are delighted of the attitude shown by the state of Latvia to our compatriots. 

Azerbaijan is a member of European institutions, closely cooperates with European and Euro-Atlantic structures and gives special importance to cooperation with Latvia both in bilateral level and processes of integration to Europe. 
I would like to point out, that Azerbaijan entered the Council of Europe during the chairmanship of Latvia in this organization. 

Azerbaijan also attaches importance to cooperation with Latvia also in frame of regional organizations, as well Baltic Sea States Council. This cooperation is important for intensification of integration processes in Baltic-Black Sea-Caspian basin region. 

At the same time, Latvia and Azerbaijan have a significant economic potential and we think that there are a lot of opportunities for the development of cooperation in such field of economy as tourism, transportation and etc. 
Finally, let me once again to note that we created our web site with the aim that visitors can know a many things about our motherland, our people, traditions, economy, culture etc. 

Regards, 

Javanshir Akhundov

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