Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has congratulated his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Azertag reported on January 14.
“I warmly congratulate you and the brotherly Turkish people on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey and convey my sincerest wishes… I want to note with great pride that Azerbaijani-Turkish relations have passed a tremendous path of development over the past period. Having overcome historical challenges with honor, our countries reaffirmed and maintained their commitment to the spirit of the slogan ‘One nation, two states,” Aliyev said in his congratulatory letter.
Recalling that the establishment of diplomatic relations dates back to January 14, 1992, the president stressed that Turkey was the first to recognize Azerbaijan, which gained independence for the second time in the 20th century, and established diplomatic relations with it, which is forever engraved in the national memory of people as an example of true brotherhood and solidarity.
Noting that bilateral interstate relations are now at the highest level, Aliyev expressed satisfaction about mutually beneficial cooperation in political, economic, trade, cultural, energy, military, and other spheres, as well as successful interaction within international institutions.
“The giant energy, transport, and infrastructure projects that we have carried out are a true celebration of our joint initiatives and joint efforts. The incomparable successes we have achieved through bilateral cooperation contribute to the progress of our countries, the well-being of our peoples, and the establishment of peace and stability in our region,” the president wrote.
Aliyev highlighted that the signing, last June in Shusha, of the Declaration on Allied Relations was an important historic step, once again confirming the unbreakable unity of the two countries. He added that having defined the conceptual areas of development of Azerbaijani-Turkish relations, this document laid the foundation for a new stage, opening the way for future joint success.
He stressed that Erdogan has inestimable merits in the development and strengthening of Azerbaijani-Turkish relations.
“The resolute and unequivocal position you have always demonstrated in the issue of ensuring the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, the confident support you have given to our rightful cause, has always encouraged us and given us additional strength. The Azerbaijani people will never forget the moral support and solidarity demonstrated by you, Turkey, and your brotherly people from the first hours to the last minutes of the 44-day war,” he wrote.
“And today we are moving together with Turkey to reconstruct and rehabilitate the lands liberated from occupation, which is a matter of great satisfaction. We too, for our part, will always and in all issues continue to stand side by side with brotherly Turkey,” he added.
Additionally, Aliyev expressed confidence that the exemplary Azerbaijani-Turkish unity and brotherhood, which is the reality of today and a source of pride for peoples, will remain for future generations as a strategic road map, as an eternal and inviolable heritage.
In the meantime, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov shared a publication, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Azerbaijani-Turkish diplomatic relations, on his official Twitter page.
“Today is the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between ‘One nation, two states’. May our independence be eternal, our friendship unbreakable, and our brotherhood always strong!” he tweeted.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry also issued a statement on the said occasion. The statement noted that Turkey has officially recognized Azerbaijan and with the signing of the protocol on the establishment of Azerbaijani-Turkish diplomatic relations the two countries resumed their diplomatic ties.
“The first country that established diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan after the declaration of independence was Turkey,” the statement stressed.
The Azerbaijani embassy in Turkey also shared a post on Twitter, noting that January 14 is a very important date for “one nation, two states”.
“We proudly and excitedly celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries,” the message said.
Azerbaijan and Turkey cooperate in various fields of economy and have jointly completed giant energy and infrastructure projects such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, and TANAP.
On June 15, Azerbaijan and Turkey signed the Shusha Declaration on Allied Relations, which focuses on defence cooperation, promoting regional stability and prosperity, and establishing new transportation routes.
In the first 11 months of 2021, the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Turkey amounted to $4.1 billion. The trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $4.1 billion in 2020.
The two countries set up a goal to bring the mutual trade turnover to $15 billion in 2023. It should be noted that so far, Turkey is Azerbaijan’s second-largest investor followed by the UK.
Additionally, Turkey was one of the first countries that expressed its interest and readiness to participate in the restoration of Azerbaijan’s liberated territories.