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Embassy of the
Republic of Azerbaijan
to the Czech Republic
  
 
Bilateral relations between
the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic


General information
The Czech Republic recognized the independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan on January 8, 1992. Diplomatic relations between two countries were established on January 29, 1993. On October 4, 2004 Y.Vrabek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia, presented his credentials to Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. On March 2005 the Milli Majlis (Parliament) of the Republic of Azerbaijan adopted a law on setting up the embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Czech Republic.

On 15 August 2007 an opening ceremony of the Embassy of Azerbaijan to the Czech Republic was held in Prague.

On 10 September 2007 Ambassdaor of Azerbaijan to the Czech Republic Tahir Taghizadeh presented his credentials to the President Václav Klaus of the Czech Republic.

Chronicle of official relations
On February 26-28, 1996 A.Vondra, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic paid an official visit to Azerbaijan.

On December 3-5, 1997 a delegation led by Y.Brown, deputy head of the Third Territorial Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic visited Azerbaijan, held meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On November 21-22, 2002 Haydar Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan visited Prague to participate in the Prague Summit of the NATO.

On January 11, 2003 V.Quliyev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan sent a letter of congratulation to K.Svoboda, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries.

On October 4, 2004 Y.Vrabek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia, as well as to Azerbaijan visited Azerbaijan to present his credentials to Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. During his visit he met with E.Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

On October 22, 2004 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan E.Mammadyarov delivered a note to his Czech counterpart regarding the support on including the discussions concerning the illegal activity of Armenians in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan in the agenda of the UN General Assembly. On October 28 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan sent a note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic to vote in favor of the above mentioned matter.

On January 10-13, 2005 a meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and Armenia was held in Prague in the initiative of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group.

On January 28, 2005 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic K.Svoboda appealed to his Azerbaijani counterpart with a letter regarding the discharge of Surat Huseynov's former assistant Saday Nazarov who received political asylum in the Czech Republic. On February 12, 2005 S.Nazarov was discharged and returned to the Czech Republic. K.Svoboda thanked his Azerbaijani counterpart with a letter.

On March 11, 2005 the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan adopted a law on setting up the embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Czech Republic.

On March 16-19, 2005 a delegation led by Yan Vidim, chairperson of the Committee for Defense and Security of the Czech Parliament visited Azerbaijan, held meetings in the Milli Majlis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of National Security of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

On May 11-14, 2005 Josef Vrabets, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Azerbaijan and Georgia paid a visit to Baku, met with T.Musayev, Deputy Minister of Justice, A.Hajiyev, Deputy Mayor of Baku and I.Hajiyev, head of the First Territorial Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

On May 17, 2005 I.Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan had a meeting with V.Claus, President of the Czech Republic within the framework of the Summit held in Warsaw.

On June 11, 2005 an agreement on receiving long-term credit amounting to 110 million dollars for the reconstruction of Baku-Rostov motor road was concluded between Azerbaijan and the Czech Export Bank.

On June 14, 2005 I.Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan met with P.Sobotka, chairperson of the Senate of the Czech Parliament within the framework of business visit to Saint-Petersburg.

On July 1, 2005 the next stage of political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic was held in Baku. Khalaf Khalafov, Deputy Minister, I.Hajiyev, head of the First Territorial Department and T.Musayev, head of the Department of Foreign Policy Planning and Strategic Studies received the delegation of the Czech Republic led by Yarolim Plishek, head of the First Territorial Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

On October 10, 2006 Misir Mardanov, Minister of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan sent a letter of appreciation on mutual cooperation to Madam Petra Buzkova, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic.

On November 16, 2005 colonel Pursell, head of the British Military Consulting and Training Group of Vojenska Academy in Virshkov invited H.Hasanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Hungary to the ceremony of completion of training courses for trainers of Central and Eastern Europe.

On November 24-25, 2005 a delegation led by Mr.Fazil Mammadov, Minister of Taxes paid a visit to Prague at the invitation of Bohuslav Sobotka, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance of the Czech Republic to sign An agreement on elimination of double taxation for income and property between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Government of the Czech Republic and prevention of tax evasion.

On November 30, 2005 the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Georgia, as well as in Azerbaijan sent a letter to P.Bulbuloglu, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan regarding the international exhibition of children's drawings to be opened in June 2006 by the Embassy.

On January 19, 2006 S.Aliyev, Chargé d'affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Georgia met with J.Vrabets, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia, as well as to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

On September 22, 2006 Azerbaijan Cultural Evening was organized in the capital of the Czech Republic by "Azeri-Czech" Society acting in Prague with support of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Austria and the State Committee for the Work with Azerbaijanis living abroad.

On October 27, 2006 I.Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan sent a letter of congratulations to his Czech counterpart V.Claus on the occasion of the national day.


Political relations
Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic are interested in promotion of high level political dialogue and expansion of cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities of the countries. The opening of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in the Czech Republic will stimulate the development of relations.

The Czech Republic supports the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully and on the basis of the principles of international law, particularly on the basis of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders.


International cooperation
Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic are interested in continuation of bilateral and fruitful cooperation within the framework of the UN, OSCE, NATO, EC and other international organizations.

The Republic of Azerbaijan cooperates with the Czech Republic in the process of becoming a member of the World Trade Organization and is interested in the continuation of these relations.

On September 13, 2006 the Czech Republic abstained from the voting held in the General Assembly to include the new item under the title "Protracted conflicts in the GUAM area and their implications for international peace, security and development" in the sixty-first session of the UN General Assembly.


Inter-parliamentary relations
On December 13, 2005 a working group on Azerbaijan-Czech inter-parliamentary relations consisting of the following persons was set up in the Milli Majlis: Samad Seyidov-head of the group, Asaf Hajiyev, Gular Ahmadova, Azer Kerimli, Majid Karimov, Javid Gurbanov, Rafig Mammadhasanov and Ahmad Valiyev-members of the group.

On March 16-19, 2005 a delegation led by Yan Vidim, chairperson of the Committee on Defense and Security of the Czech Parliament visited Azerbaijan, held meetings in the Milli Majlis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of National Security of the Republic of Azerbaijan.


Economic and trade relations
During nine months in 2006 trade turnover, export and import between Azerbaijan and Czech Republic constituted, accordingly, 21349.7 thousand US dollars, 21305.5 thousand US dollars and 44.2 thousand US dollars.

Setting up a Commission on economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Czech Republic may create possibilities for the development of economic relations between two countries in the future.


Cultural, scientific-technical and humanitarian relations
Azerbaijan is interested in the cooperation in the fields of creating conditions for Azerbaijani students to get education at Higher Educational Institutions in Czech Republic, student exchange between the countries, development of tourism and integration into the cultural tourism infrastructure. At present six Azerbaijani students are studying in Czech Republic.


Information about Diaspora
Diaspora plays an important role in the organization of the nationals of the Republic of Azerbaijan living in Czech Republic; improve their economic and social status and their active participation in the processes going on in the society. At the moment one Diaspora is acting in the Czech Republic:

Azer-Czech society
Prague, the Czech Republic
Chairperson: Elshan S. NAZAROV
E-mail: info@diaspora.cz
Tel.: + 420 777 10 77 40


State of Legal Basis
Three documents have been signed between Azerbaijan and Czech Republic:
1. Agreement on the development of trade economic cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic signed in Baku on November 24, 1995;

2. Protocol on Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic signed in Baku on February 27, 1996;

3. An agreement on elimination of double taxation for income and property between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Government of the Czech Republic and prevention of tax evasion signed in Prague on November 24, 1995.