October 14, 2013: Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov, the Minister of Construction and Urbanization of the Republic of Serbia Velimir Ilic and the Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Serbia Predrag Mikic have visited the route Lig – Prelina, Corridor 11, to review the works, that have been completed, on the spot. The main contractor of the project is Azerbaijani construction company “AzVirt“.
The Ambassador of Azerbaijan together with the Minister Ilic, representatives of “Azvirt” and local companies “Planum” and “Energoprojekt” visited the village Dici, where the traffic already goes from the Ibarska highway by viaduct over the road and a half of the first kilometer of the highway is almost finished with asphalt covering in full profile as well as a tunnel ”Sharani“, close to Takovo. The tunnel “Sharani“ is about 900 meters long and there are the first 240 meters of tunnels already finished in both pipes.
The scope of works on the highway Lig – Prelina, funded by Azerbaijani loan of 300 million Euros, goes in accordance with the schedule so far and has even advanced about seven percents over the planned schedule.
The construction of the Corridor 11 has the full support of the President Tomislav Nikolic, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and the Vice President Alexander Vucic – said the Minister V. Ilic. According to him, the construction of the highway from Belgrade to the border with Montenegro is the largest construction site in South-Eastern Europe, in the area of road construction. He noted that the construction of the highway to Montenegro, from Lig to Prelina, which is 41 km, should be a construction model for other highways in Serbia. Serbian and Azerbaijani construction companies could also act together on third markets - said Ilic.
The Ambassador of Azerbaijan Eldar Hasanov said that the project is being well implemented and that Serbia and Azerbaijan are strategic partners and the two friendly countries, adding that 72 % of the Serbian labor force is involved in the construction of the highway, despite the fact that the agreement stipulated that the share would not exceed 49% and 51% of Azerbaijani companies. Ambassador Hasanov said that all building materials, used in the construction of the highway, are from Serbian suppliers. The Ambassador Hasanov stressed that Azerbaijani company “Azvirt” will use modern technology for a modern construction and that the completion of the works to be expected before the agreed period.
On October 3, 2013 the Ambassador Eldar Hasanov met with the Minister of Transport Alexander Antic and talked about the continuation of the successful economic cooperation between the two countries.
At this meeting, it was noted that Azerbaijanis work well on Corridor 11 in Serbia. “With pleasure I wish to express my great satisfaction with the quality, dynamics and respecting the terms by your company AzVirt, which is involved in the construction of Corridor 11”, Antic said.
This project, according to his words, is of great importance for Serbia and the region, because it will largely improve the quality, safety and traffic flow, as well as the flow of goods and capital.
Antic said that Serbian enterprises and companies have the quality, experience and knowledge to share with Azerbaijani company to be a significant partner in this work.
It was noted at the meeting, that Serbian economy will greatly benefit from joint projects in the field of transport infrastructure.
Minister Antic said that many activities are planned in order to fully upgrade all types of transport in Serbia, say in the Ministry.
Hasanov emphasized that together with Antic he successfully carried out the first steps of cooperation during the works on the reconstruction of the Belgrade park “Tasmajdan”.
On this occasion, Ambassador Hasanov stressed that this is an example of the quality, accuracy, and good cooperation between the two countries and it is one of the guarantors for future successful cooperation between the two countries, which is also proved by a very good cooperation in the construction of Corridor 11.
Ambassador Hasanov wished Antic a lot of success in this responsible position.
“The Ministry of Transport is a complicated and difficult area. Transport infrastructure is the backbone of the economic progress of any country”, he said.
Hasanov noted the importance of the strategic partnership on the basis of which 24agreements were signed.
Over the past year, the turnover has increased by five times and the investment has increased by three times.
Hasanov also invited the Minister of Transport to visit Azerbaijan.
The Ambassador informed the Minister of the works on Corridor 11 and stressed that Azerbaijan is interested to work in all areas of mutual interest, when it deals with transport infrastructure, roads, railways and the Danube.
Students of the Baku Choreographic School were on a visit to Serbia on 1-6 October 2013 to participate in the International Children's Festival “Joy of Europe”, held by tradition every year.
During the visit, the students and accompanying them Serbian peers from Belgrade, as well as the director of the Baku Choreographic School Nilufer Kerimov and choreographer and teacher Yusif Gasimov, together with the staff of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia and the leaders of the Serbian-Azerbaijani Cultural Center and the Serbian-Azerbaijani Friendship Society from Belgrade , visited the park “Tasmajdan”, which was reconstructed with the financial support of Azerbaijan. They have laid flowers at the monument erected in the park to the national leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev and famous Serbian writer Milorad Pavic, as well as at the memorial plaque in memory of the victims of the bombing of Belgrade in 1999. Later, with the support of the embassy, there was a reception organised at the Azerbaijan Cultural Center. The performance of Azerbaijani children at the festival was greeted with an ovation.
Chairman of the Union of Writers of Azerbaijan, People's writer Anar Rzayev, from 19 to 24 September 2013 paid a visit to Serbia
Chairman of the Union of Writers of Azerbaijan, People's writer Anar Rzayev, from 19 to 24 September 2013 on the invitation of the President of the Union of Writers of Serbia Radomir Andric , with the purpose to participate in the 50th Belgrade International Congress of Writers, paid a visit to Serbia. The opening ceremony of the congress was attended by members of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, representatives of religious communities , intellectuals and writers from more than 30 countries around the world, heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Serbia, including the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov .
During the visit, A. Rzayev took part in several sessions within the framework of the Congress and together with Serbian writers visited the park Tasmajdan, which has been restored with the financial support of the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan. They also laid flowers at the monument erected there to the national leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev and famous Serbian writer Milorad Pavic, as well as the memorial plaque in memory of the victims of the bombing of Belgrade in 1999. A. Rzayev visited the house-museum of the Nobel Prize Serbian writer Ivo Andrić and the house of Đura Jakšić, famous Serbian painter and writer, where A. Rzayev was welcomed by Serbian children dancing in traditional costumes and was given his literary portrait and a certificate of a honorary member of the Union of Writers of Serbia.
The one of the most significant events in the framework of the Congress was the signing of the Protocol on Cooperation between the Unions of Writers of Azerbaijan and Serbia.
2-8 September 2013: Тhe delegation of the Union of Organizations of Azerbaijani Students and Youth paid a visit to Serbia
2-8 September 2013: Тhe delegation of the Union of Organizations of Azerbaijani Students and Youth paid a visit to Serbia in the framework of the one week of students exchange program. During the visit, the Azerbaijani delegation met with the Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth and a variety of youth organizations in Serbia, as well as visited the city of Novi Sad. During the visit, with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Serbia, there was organized an Evening of Azerbaijan Culture for Serbian students in the Azerbaijan Culture Center in Belgrade.
September 1, 2013: An interview with the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Mr. Eldar Hasanov was published on September 1 this year, in a magazine «Cord», which has a broad mass of readers and great popularity both in Serbia and in the entire Balkan region.
This interview was published in a category «World Markets and Opportunities» in the magazine «Cord» and provides answers to questions about the Azerbaijan Republic, Azerbaijan's relations with Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina in general, the economic development of our country, about the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as the presidential elections in October this year.
Full version of the magazine can be found on the following link:
Gathering organized on the 9th of August 2013 in the Association of Writers of Serbia was aimed at establishing cooperation between Association of Writers of Azerbaijan and Serbia.
Gathering organized on the 9th of August 2013 in the Association of Writers of Serbia was aimed at establishing cooperation between Association of Writers of Azerbaijan and Serbia. The event was participated by the president and members of the Board of directors of the Association of Writers of Serbia, as well as associates of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Serbia and direction of Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Belgrade. The parties were pleased to present the translation and publication of nine books written by Azerbaijani authors, in Serbian and one book by Serbian writer translated to Azerbaijani, at the initiative of and organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Serbia, which gave emphasis to the importance of official cooperation establishment between the Association of writers of both countries and willingness to continue promoting those relations. Poems from the cycle “Colors” written by Rasul Rza were recited in Azerbaijani and Serbian.
An exhibition of Azerbaijani children's drawings "The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the eyes of children" was opened in Belgrade.
An exhibition of Azerbaijani children's drawings "The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the eyes of children" was opened in Belgrade. It was conducted by the Azerbaijani non-governmental organization "Help for the economic, social and spiritual development of young people", sponsored by the Youth Fund of the President of Azerbaijan and with organizational support from Azerbaijani-Romanian Chamber of Commerce.
The Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs of the Embassy Anar Adzhamov took a speech at the event and described the friendly relations between the two countries, their mutual support in the international arena, emphasizing the adoption by the Parliament of Serbia on the agenda of the draft resolution on the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
Chairman of the Azerbaijani-Romanian Chamber of Commerce Shahin Nabiev highly estimated the work of youth organizations abroad, aimed at the welfare of the state and the nation, naming it the result of ongoing national youth policy, stressing that the Chamber will continue to support projects of social nature.
The opening ceremony was attended by the chairman of the Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs of the Parliament of Serbia Vladimir Cvijan, other deputies, ambassadors of Indonesia and Malaysia, a number of Serbian officials, as well as employees of the Embassy of Azerbaijan, representatives of cultural organizations, the Serbian-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce, scientists, students and representatives of NGOs. The exhibition displayed paintings of children - displaced persons and students of several schools and creative centers of Azerbaijan
The Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia hosted an Iftar dinner
July 17, 2013 the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade hosted an official Iftar dinner in Bayrakli Mosque to celebrate Ramadan. The event was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, Mr. Rasim Ljajić, the Advisor to the President for Economic Affairs, Mr. Predrag Mikić, the Minister without Portfolio, Mr. Sulejman Ugljanin and other representatives of the Serbian government, members of the Serbian-Azerbaijani parliamentary friendship group of the Serbian Parliament, extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassadors of Muslim countries, members of the Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Belgrade, the Serbian-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce, the Society of Serbia-Azerbaijan Friendship and also Azerbaijani people, working and studying in Serbia, representatives of Azerbaijani company “Azvirt” and representatives of religious denominations and Muslim Community of Serbia.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Serbia, Mr. Eldar Hasanov greeted the guests, highlighted the importance of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims and that it is one of the most revered months in Islam. He also noted that Azerbaijan is a country where nations, peoples and religions meet and unite. In his speech, Ambassador E. Hasanov said that Azerbaijan is a multinational state, where representatives of all religions live as one family and it is one of the basic principles of the state policy of Azerbaijan. He also noted the dynamically developing cooperation in all spheres between Azerbaijan and the friendly Republic of Serbia.
At the event, reis-ul-ulema (the Grand Mufti) of the Islamic Community of Serbia Adem Zilkić also gave speech. He congratulated everybody with the holy month of Ramadan and thanked the Azerbaijani Embassy in Serbia for hosting this dinner. He also expressed his gratitude on behalf of Serbian Muslims to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, and to the Government of Azerbaijan for the implementation of humanitarian projects, in particular, for the reconstruction and renovation of the Bayraklı Mosque complex.
Minister of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Serbia Mrs. Alisa Maric visited Azerbaijan
On July 1-5, 2013 the Serbian delegation led by the Minister of Youth and Sport Mrs.Alisa Maric paid five-day visit to Azerbaijan, during which met with the Minister of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr.Azad Rahimov. The discussion was focused on the improvement of bilateral cooperation between two countries.
During the visit the Serbian delegation visited the National Olympic Committee, Flag Square, Baku-2015 Athletes Village, Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, a number of sports centers and old Town – Icheri Sheher.
Serbia and Azerbaijan hold consultations on consular issues on 24th of June, 2013
The first round of consultations on consular issues between the Foreign Ministries of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Azerbaijan took place in Baku on 24th of June, 2013.
The Serbian delegation was headed by Ambassador Jelko Krajinovic, assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Jasmina Klajic-Veselinovic, First Counsellor at the Department on consular issues and Milos Zatezalo, Chief of the Border Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.
The Azerbaijani delegation was headed by Chief of the consulate department of the Foreign Ministry Mehriban Najafova, Head of consular and legal issues department Elshad Mejidov. The consultations were attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Justice, border and immigration services of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Two sides were discussed the present level of bilateral cooperation in the consular sphere and project of the “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the exemption of a visa requirement for their respective nationals”.
A protocol of intention was signed as a result of the meeting.
Following consultations on consular issues between the Foreign Ministries of Serbia and Azerbaijan will be held in Belgrade in 2014.
The President and members of the Parliamentary Friendship Group (PFG) with Azerbaijan met with the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Serbia
President of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Azerbaijan Vladimir Cvijan and the members of PFG met today at the National Assembly with the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Serbia H. E. Eldar Hasanov.
The Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Serbia H. E. Eldar Hasanov assessed that Serbia and Azerbaijan have very similar history and added that Azerbaijan will continue to provide full support to Serbia in the future. He pointed out that the visit of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolć to Azerbaijan was of great importance, as the Declaration on Strategic Partnership between Serbia and Azerbaijan was signed during that visit. The Ambassador said that it is necessary to strengthen economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries as well as cooperation in the field of agriculture. He added that in Azerbaijan there are potential investors interested in investing in Serbia and in the privatization participation and said that Corridor 11 is a good example of the existing cooperation.
The president of the PFG with Azerbaijan Vladimir Cvijan pointed out that the group has 20 members and it is one of the indicators of attachment of Serbia to Azerbaijan. Cvijan assessed that economic cooperation is going in right direction, but it should be even better. He stressed the need to inform Serbian people about Azerbaijan to advance cooperation in all fields and expressed satisfaction with the signing of the Declaration on Strategic Partnership between Serbia and Azerbaijan.
Members of the PFG with Azerbaijan Srdjan Miković, Igor Bečić, Zoran Radovanović, Predrag Markovć, Emir Elfić expressed a hope that the cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, culture and medicine will continue to improve in the future.
The members of the PFG with Azerbaijan Enis Imamovic, Zoran Kasalovic, Zoran Pralica, Aleksandar Radojevic, Dejan Rajcic and Dragan Šormaz also attended the meeting.
June 13, 2013 The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov met with the Attorney General of the Republic of Serbia Zagorka Dolovats.
During the meeting, Ambassador E. Hasanov informed the Attorney General of transformations and democratic reforms taking place in Azerbaijan, as well as of the successful cooperation between the two countries.
Z.Dolovats noted that there have been taken strong measures to comprehensive modernization of the prosecution system of Serbia. It was also noted a comprehensive fight against corruption phenomena, which is held in Serbia.
She also noted that Serbia is interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in the field of legal reforms and stressed the importance of cooperation between the two friendly countries.
During the meeting there was discussed a number of issues of mutual interest, including the problem of legal and judicial systems of the two countries and features of the reforms implemented in this area.
95th anniversary of the establishment of Azerbaijani Democratic Republic was celebrated in Serbia
Official reception was held in Belgrade- the capital of Serbia in regard to national holiday of Azerbaijan- the Day of Republic.
Referring to the information given to Trend from the Embassy, the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Tomislav Nikolic and his wife Dragitsa Nikolic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and of Foreign Trade and Telecommunications Rasim Lyayic, Velimir Ilic- Minister of Construction and Urbanization, and other high-ranking state and government officials, parliamentarians, leaders of political parties, the Christian and Muslim religious leaders, public and non-governmental organizations, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Belgrade, leadership and members of Serbia-Azerbaijan Trade and Economic Chamber and Azerbaijan Cultural Center for the Balkan countries located in Belgrade and azerbaijanis living, studying and working in Serbia took part in the reception.
Following the hearings of national anthems of Azerbaijan and Serbia in the celebrations, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov delivered a speech on the significant history of 28 May, 1991, adoption of the historical “Declaration of Independence” and the establishment of the first parliamentary republic, Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. He touched the long history of struggle for national liberation, and as a result of historical conditions caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union on October 18, 1991, the adoption of “Constitutional Act on State Independence" and the restoration of state independence of Azerbaijan. Ambassador stated that independent Azerbaijan is living one of the memorable and honored days of it’s history, and that it has a legacy of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan which was the first secular, legal and democratic state in the Muslim East.
Ambassador informed the guests on the achievements of the Republic of Azerbaijan upon gaining its independence. He spoke about the achievements of Heydar Aliyev- the national leader of the Azerbaijani people, prominent politician and statesmen and his role in the modern history of Azerbaijan, strengthening the statehood and his political policies based on national interests and the continuity of these independent policies by President Mr. Ilham Aliyev.
Referring to the successes achieved in the economic sphere, the Ambassador spoke about the realization of large-scale energy and transport projects in Azerbaijan. He stated that the economy of Azerbaijan is 2/3 part of the entire economy of the South Caucasus countries. He informed the guests that Azerbaijan is a leading country in the region and supported his thesis by concrete numbers and facts.
Along with stating the achievements of Azerbaijan during the last years, the Ambassador also dragged the attention of the guests to the occupation of historical Azerbaijani lands- Nagorno Karabakh and surrounding 7 regions by Armenia. He stated that Armenia is neglecting four resolutions adopted by the Security Council of UN, and that Azerbaijan is intending to peaceful resolution of the conflict in frame of Minsk Group. Ambassador expressed his hope for international organizations, UN, OSCE, EU and CoE, and international community to intensify their activities and take necessary measures for the aggressor to withdraw from his violent acts.
Afterwards, the Ambassador tackled the bilateral relationships between Azerbaijan and Serbia. Ambassador stated that the bilateral relations between two countries have been rapidly and dynamically developing within a short period of time and that it has risen to the level of strategic partnership. Ambassador supported his statements by showing the increasing level of mutual visits of heads of state, noting the “Declaration on Friendly relations and strategic partnership” a bilateral document signed by the President of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev and the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, within the framework of official visit of the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Tomislav Nikolic on February 7-9, 2013 to Azerbaijan.
Ambassador stated that, both of the states recognize and support the territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of borders of each other. Ambassador expressed his thanks for the Republic of Serbia, Government and all its institutions for supporting the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Serbia.
Presentation of the book “ Death Sentence” initiated by the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Serbia and the compatriots living in Balkans and written by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, known writer of Azerbaijani people- Elchin Afandiyev, translated into Serbian and published in Belgrade was delivered.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, writer- Elchin Afandiyev made a speech and delivered the greetings from Mr. Ilham Aliyev- the President of Azerbaijan to the President of Serbia-Mr. Tomislav Nikolic and the Serbian people. He expressed his satisfaction on the formation and development of bilateral strategic relations with Serbia and said that Azerbaijan gives great importance to this partnership. He informed the guests about the history of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan, our nation's struggle for freedom and independence and about the successes and achievements of Azerbaijan under the leadership of national leader Heydar Aliyev and President Ilham Aliyev. Elchin Afandiyev expressed the double joy of the celebrations for him, expressing his hopes for the development of cultural relations between the two countries.
Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, the President of the Republic of Serbia, speaking at the event, congratulated Azerbaijani people and the State with the Republic Day of 28th of May. He stated that the Serbian State and the Government gives significant importance to the bilateral relations and that mutual visits of heads of state deepen bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries, Azerbaijan and Serbia enhancing cooperation in various fields. He stated that there is a mutual will to continue these relations and expressed his confidence in developing it further. He expressed his pride to personally sign the “Declaration of friendly relations and strategic partnership” during his official visit to Azerbaijan.
Yasmina Mixaylovic, literary critic and a well known writer of Serbia and the professor of the University of Belgrade, literary critic, Predraq Petrovich shared their impressions on the book of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, writer- Elchin Afandiyev “ Death Sentence”.
Reception continued with screening of the movie on the history, culture, daily life of Azerbaijan, achievements after the independence and the performance of Azerbaijani national songs by serbian musicians.
May 16, 2013 The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov met with the Minister of Construction and Urbanism Serbia, Velimir Ilić.
During the meeting, Ambassador E. Hasanov briefed about the decree of 28 March 2013 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev to withdraw from his post as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Romania and that he is now the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan Republic of Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina with residence in Belgrade.
During the meeting the sides discussed prospects for the development and deepening of trade relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia, as well as a number of issues of mutual interest. During the meeting V.Ilich noted the high economic potential of Azerbaijan and expressed satisfaction with the activity of Azerbaijani company “Azvirt”, which started a construction of highway E-763 in Serbia, sections Lig-Bolkovci, Bolkovci-Takovo and Takovo-Prelina.
The Minister Ilić also expressed willingness to comprehensively promote the development of relations between Serbia and Azerbaijan.
The Ambassador E. Hasanov, in his turn, expressed his gratitude to V. Ilić for the support from the Serbian government and the Ministry of Construction and Urbanism to Azerbaijani company “Azvirt”. He also noted that he would make every effort to further the development of comprehensive relations between the two countries.
On May 10, 2013 National leader Heydar Aliyev`s 90th anniversary marked in Belgrade.
The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Belgrade has organized an event to mark the 90th anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev. The event was attended by Serbian officials, parliamentarians, members of the Muslim community, representatives of Azerbaijan Culture Center, Serbia-Azerbaijan Friendship Society and Serbia-Azerbaijan Chamber of Trade and Economy, leadership of “Azvirt” company, as well as journalists.
The event participants laid a wreath and flowers at a monument to national leader Heydar Aliyev in Tashmaydan Park in Belgrade.
The participants saw at the Embassy a photo exhibition featuring Heydar Aliyev`s lifetime and activity.
Azerbaijani ambassador Eldar Hasanov said a series of events were held in Serbia to mark national leader Heydar Aliyev`s anniversary. The diplomat spoke of Heydar Aliyev`s contributions to strengthening of the Azerbaijani statehood, reforms carried out under his leadership to build legal and democratic state. The ambassador pointed out Heydar Aliyev`s political course was successfully continued by President Ilham Aliyev.
The event participants also saw a documentary on the activity of national leader Heydar Aliyev.
May 10, 2013 The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Mr. Goran Aleksić, head of the Department for Russia and Eurasia of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Veljko Kovacević and head of the Diplomatic Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Mr. Michael Papazoglou.
During the meetings the Ambassador E. Hasanov informed the interlocutors about the decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev on 28 March 2013 on his withdrawal from his post as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Romania and that he is now the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan Republic of Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina with residence in Belgrade.
G.Aleksić, V.Kovachević and M.Papazoglu noted that the Serbian government and the Foreign Ministry attach great importance to the above decision of the President of Azerbaijan on the appointment of the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia, with residence in Belgrade. They, in turn, expressed their readiness to develop comprehensive relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia.
At the meetings, the sides discussed prospects of bilateral relations between the two countries.
May 10, 2013 The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov met with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Trade, Information Technologies and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia Rasim Lyaić.
During the meeting, Ambassador E. Hasanov briefed about the decree of 28 March 2013 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev to withdraw from his post as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Romania and that he is now the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan Republic of Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina with residence in Belgrade.
During the meeting the sides discussed prospects for the development and deepening of trade relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia, as well as a number of issues of mutual interest. During the meeting R. Lyaić noted the high economic potential of Azerbaijan and expressed the hope for the successful development of trade and economic cooperation, as well as in the field of information technology and telecommunications between the two countries. The Minister Lyaić also expressed his willingness to comprehensively promote the development of relations between Serbia and Azerbaijan.
Ambassador E. Hasanov, in his turn, informed in great detail R. Lyaić about the socio-political and socio-economic situation in Azerbaijan, the reforms and economic progress of the country, as well as the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He also noted that he would make every effort to further the development of comprehensive relations between the two countries.
During the meeting they also discussed questions of a next meeting of the Azerbaijan-Serbia intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation and the Azerbaijani-Serbian business forum.
Classical music concert and exhibition dedicated to the 90th anniversary of all-national leader Heidar Aliyev
Classical music concert and exhibition dedicated to the 90th anniversary of all-national leader Heydar Aliyev were held on 26th April 2013 in Belgrade.
The concert, held in the central hall of “Ivo Lola Ribar” Cultural-Artistic Society was attended by Serbian government representatives, members of Serbian-Azerbaijani parliamentary cooperation group of Serbian Parliament, diplomatic body members, accredited ambassadors of foreign countries, famous musicians, members of Azerbaijani cultural centre in Belgrade, members of Serbian-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce, as well as Azerbaijani people working and studying in Serbia and mass media representatives.
The Republic of Azerbaijan embassy counselor in Serbia, Javanshir Mejidov informed the present guests of Heydar Aliyev’s life and activities, his role in Azerbaijani independence reinforcement, building democratic, lawful and global, stable country in the region. Then he invited Ms Radmila Karaklajic, a well known singer and cultural worker, to join him on stage, who personally knew Heydar Aliyev and his family, to share her memories of meetings with the all-national leader.
Thereafter the “Lola klasik” orchestra and art students from Novi Sad, “Uzeir Hajibeyli Scholarship” scholars, performed pieces of Azerbaijani, Serbian and world composers of classical music.
At the end of the ceremony, the participants were granted the booklet “World Leaders about Heydar Aliyev” published with the support of Azerbaijani embassy in Serbia on the occasion of 90th anniversary of the all-national leader.
Futsal tournament dedicated to the all-national leader Heydar Aliyev jubilee held in Serbia
With the support of Azerbaijani embassy in Serbia and Azerbaijani Cultural Centre operating in the capital of Serbia, participated by Serbian-Azerbaijani cooperation association the futsal tournament was held on 20 – 21st April 2013, dedicated to the all-national leader Heydar Aliyev 90th jubilee.
According to AzerTAj, well known Serbian football teams competed, consisting of children from 8 to 11 years of age: “Crvena Zvezda”, “Partizan”, “Trijumf”, “Fut”, as well as team from other towns such as Gornji Milanovac, Nova Pazova, Subotica and Macvanska Mitrovica – “Metalac”, “Cirkovic”, “Spartak” and “Srem – Dadeks”.
The opening ceremony was attended by the representatives of Serbian Ministry of youth and sport, famous sportsmen, social workers, members of civil service, Azerbaijani Cultural Centre associates and Members of Serbian-Azerbaijani Commerce and Economic chamber, as well as Azerbaijani people living and studying in Serbia, mass communication media representatives.
Azerbaijani embassy counselor in Serbia, Javanshir Mejidov spoke about life and activities of all-national leader Heydar Aliyev, of his irreplaceable credits in reinforcing independence of Azerbaijan, building democratic, lawful and globally stable country, establishing stability in our country.
Speaking of accomplishments achieved by Azerbaijani sportsmen over the recent years, he pointed out that the successes became possible owing to farsighted politics established by the all-national leader. He also emphasized that the political course of the great leader is successfully continued by the president Ilham Aliyev, making sure that the state is taking very good care of Azerbaijani youth and sportsmen.
J. Mejidov expressed gratitude to the participants of the tournament for showing appreciation to the memory of our nation’s all-national leader Heydar Aliyev.
After playing the national anthems of Azerbaijan and Serbia the sign to start the tournament was given.
The winner of the tournament was the team from Subotica – “Spartak”.
Teams from Belgrade “Crvena Zvezda”, “Trijumf” and “Partizan” won 2nd, 3rd and 4th place.
The winners were granted cups, medals and diplomas with the figure showing the all-national leader Heydar Aliyev.
The tournament drew a great attention of Belgrade public and was covered in detail by the mass communication media.
Discussion on Resolution Regarding the Nagorno-Karabah Conflict Enters the Agenda of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia
25th February 2013
Draft resolution “On compliance with the international law and solution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict in Nagorno-Karabah peacefully” entered the agenda of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia to be taken into consideration.
President of the Committee on Constitutional and Legislative Issues, head of the parliamentary friendship group with Azerbaijan Vladimir Cvijan, put forward the suggestion for the draft resolution “On compliance with the international law and solution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict in Nagorno-Karabah peacefully” to be made the item in the agenda of the National Assembly.
The resolution points out that the conflict regarding Nagorno-Karabah region between Armenia and Azerbaijan ended as follows: Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories. Today Nagorno-Karabah, along with seven administrative municipalities around it (Lachin, Kelbajar, Agdam, Fizuli, Jabrail, Gubadli and Angelan), is under the control of the Armenian armed forces. The most tragic event during the conflict was the massacre that took place in Khojali in the night between the 25th and the 26the of February 1992.
“The National Assembly supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan recognized on the international level, inviolability of its borders as well as its sovereignty. We condemn every act of violence towards civilians and equally feel about the Khojali incidents we strongly condemn. The National Assembly demands compliance with all resolutions of international organizations amongst which those adopted by the UN Security Council, resolutions number 822, 853, 874 and 884, the beginning of negotiation process on peaceful solution of the conflict and recognizing the refugees’ right to return to their homeland” – the document states.
Khojaly Genocide - PRESS RELEASE
Twenty one years ago the name of Khojaly town in Mountainous Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, previously virtually unknown, became a symbol of unprecedented brutality against peaceful civilians and crimes against humanity. Today it no longer exists, and for people of Azerbaijan and the region the word “Khojaly” has become synonymous with pain, sorrow and cruelty. Over the night from 25 to 26th of February 1992 the Armenian troops supported by Soviet infantry regiment attacked the town with population more than 7 thousand people and razed it to the ground and massacred hundreds of civilians.
The Khojaly genocide was a continuation of the ethnic cleansing and genocide policy that have been progressively carried by the Armenian chauvinist-nationalists against the Azerbaijanis approximately during two hundred years. This damned politics being seconded by the authorities of some states was continuously pursuing by the Tsar Russia and Soviets and after the demise of the USSR accompanied with the displacement of Azerbaijani people from their homelands, exposing to the refugees and internally displaced persons and mass destruction. As a whole two millions of Azerbaijanis at various times have felt the weight of the aftermath of the ethnic cleansing and genocide policy carried out by the aggressive and stupid ideologists of “The Greater Armenia”.
The extent of the cruelty of Khojaly massacre against women, children and elderly is shocking. In a few hours Armenians brutally murdered 613 innocent and unarmed people, including 106 women and 83 children, annihilated whole families. 56 people were tortured and killed with special brutality. 1275 people were captured, left 1000 civilians were maimed or crippled, and another 150 people unaccounted for their wake. The corpses of the victims bore traces of profanation; some of them had been scalped and beheaded. Some children were found with severed ears.
The Khojaly genocide set a pattern of destruction and ethnic cleansing methodically carried out by Armenia and revealed to the world the essence of Armenian ethnic expansionism and the real goals of the war waged against the people of Azerbaijan. The policy of genocide has become an integral part of the Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan.
Nineteen years on and the world is still oblivious to the suffering caused by the Armenian aggression against the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Armenian aggression and ethnic cleansing in Karabakh and other territories of Azerbaijan resulted in occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijan territory and expelling of 1,000,000 people from their homes by turning them into refugees and internally displaced persons and forcing them to live in tent-camps.
Every year the leaders of Azerbaijan’s Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities issue appeals on the eve of commemoration of the Khojaly genocide urging the international community to condemn the February 26, 1992 bloodshed facilitate liberation of the occupied territories and repatriation of the displaced communities. And every year, the residents of Khojaly, appeal with pain and hope to the international community to hold Armenia responsible for this crime.
The truth of Khojaly genocide and all Armenian atrocities in the Mountainous Karabakh region of Azerbaijan as they are and with their total scale and brutalities must be internationally recognized as a genocide act. The punishment of the ideologists, organizers and executors in a proper manner is an important term for avoiding such barbarous acts against the humanity in future.
More detailed information, including photo and video materials about the Khojaly genocide can be obtained from the following web-site: www.justiceforkhojaly.org
Serbian President officially welcomed to Azerbaijan
President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic has today been given an official welcome to Azerbaijan.
A guard of honor was lined up for the Serbian President at the square decorated with the national flags of the two countries.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva welcomed Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić and his spouse Dragica Nikolić.
The Heads of State inspected a ceremonial Guard of Honor as an orchestra played the national anthems of Serbia and Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijani state and government officials were introduced to President Tomislav Nikolić, while members of the Serbian delegation to President Ilham Aliyev.
The Presidents and their spouses posed for photographs.
Azerbaijani, Serbian presidents meet in private
Following an official welcome, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Serbian leader Tomislav Nikolic have today had a one-on-one meeting. The two presidents praised the Azerbaijan-Serbia relations, saying they were developing in various spheres
Following an official welcome, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Serbian leader Tomislav Nikolic have today had a one-on-one meeting.
The two presidents praised the Azerbaijan-Serbia relations, saying they were developing in various spheres.
They stressed the importance of the Serbian leader`s visit in terms of expansion of the two countries` relations.
The Heads of State expressed confidence the bilateral relations would further develop.
The two presidents exchanged views on a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including bilateral, regional and international ones.
Azerbaijani, Serbian presidents have expanded meeting
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Serbian leader Tomislav Nikolic have been joined by their delegations for an expanded meeting following their one-on-one talk
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Serbian leader Tomislav Nikolic have been joined by their delegations for an expanded meeting following their one-on-one talk.
President Ilham Aliyev said:
“Dear Mr. President,
I wholeheartedly welcome all of you to Azerbaijan.
It is your first visit to Azerbaijan and I`m confident that it will have very good results. We have already had a broad exchange of views, and we see that there are beautiful opportunities for joint cooperation.
I`m confident that your visit will strengthen our political relations. This will certainly give a strong impetus to development of our economic relations. We have excellent experience for joint work on the economic front. I believe that concrete decisions on new projects will be made during the visit. There are wonderful prospects for the cooperation particularly in the fields of energy, transport and investment making. I`m confident that your visit will be of great importance for development of Serbia-Azerbaijan relations, and you will return to your country with good impressions.”
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President Tomislav Nikolic said:
”Mr. President, I think that there is no need to make additional comments on friendly attitude of Serbia towards Azerbaijan. This friendship remains unchanged irrespective of who runs Serbia. Azerbaijan has become a very reliable partner for Serbia in the Eastern part of the world. Citizens live in a free society in the country under your wise leadership.
I think that both parties are benefiting from this friendship, and it`s already high time we transformed this friendship into concrete economic cooperation. And we want you to help us expand the scope of the work we have done so far. I think that direct investments between our countries can turn into long-term investments.”
Azerbaijan, Serbia sign bilateral documents
Azerbaijani and Serbian officials on Friday signed several bilateral documents as part of the visit of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and his accompanying delegation to Azerbaijan. The documents were signed following the extended meeting of Serbian and Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani and Serbian officials on Friday signed several bilateral documents as part of the visit of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and his accompanying delegation to Azerbaijan.
The documents were signed following the extended meeting of Serbian and Azerbaijani delegations led by the President Tomislav Nikolic of Serbia and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan.
Declaration on friendly relations and strategic partnership between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Republic of Serbia was signed by the President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Tomislav Nikolic of Serbia.
Agreement on cooperation in the field of veterinary medicine between the government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the government of the Republic of Serbia was signed by the Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic.
Agreement on cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies between the government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the government of the Republic of Serbia was signed by the Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic.
Presidents of Azerbaijan, Serbia make joint press statements
Following a ceremony of signing bilateral documents, Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Tomislav Nikolić of Serbia made joint press statements
Monument to Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla unveiled in Baku
Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Tomislav Nikolic of Serbia attend inauguration of monument
A monument to renowned Serbian inventor, engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla was unveiled in Baku on February 8. Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Tomislav Nikolic of Serbia with spouses Mehriban Aliyeva and Dragica
Baku, February 8 (AzerTAc). A monument to renowned Serbian inventor, engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla was unveiled in Baku on February 8. Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Tomislav Nikolic of Serbia with spouses Mehriban Aliyeva and Dragica Nikolic attended the inauguration ceremony.
President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva welcomed a Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and his spouse Dragica Nikolic.
President Ilham Aliyev and Tomislav Nikolic unveiled the monument and put flowers on it. First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva and Serbian First Lady Dragica Nikolic also laid flowers at the monument.
The monument commemorating Nikola Tesla stands in one of the central parks of Baku, at the crossroads on the corner of Azadliq Avenue and Suleyman Rahimov Street. The authors of the 3,3–meter monument are renowned Azerbaijani sculptor Omar Eldarov and architect Sanan Salamzadeh. The monument is made of bronze and represents Nikola Tesla against the background of alternator.
Presidents Ilham Aliyev, Tomislav Nikolic and First ladies had a talk with Omar Eldarov, and then posed for photographs.
Both Presidents then addressed the ceremony. Serbian leader and his spouse expressed gratitude to Omar Eldarov.
Serbian President visits Heydar Aliyev Foundation
President Tomislav Nikolic of Serbia and his spouse Dragica Nikolic have today visited the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.
Here, President Tomislav Nikolic and his spouse Dragica Nikolic were welcomed by Azerbaijan`s President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva.
The President and his spouse were briefed on the activity of the Foundation.
The delegation was told that the main goal of the Foundation, established in memory of the Azerbaijani people`s national leader, is to study and popularize prominent political figure Heydar Aliyev`s rich heritage, give an idea to the future generations and foreign visitors about his large-scale activity to achieve Azerbaijan`s socio-economic, cultural progress.
They saw exhibits taken from the archive of the great leader and reflecting his childhood, youth, university years and career, pictures covering the very various moments of his life and giving a comprehensive idea of the whole history of Azerbaijan.
Tomislav Nikolic signed the Foundation`s Guest Book and was presented keepsake.
Azerbaijani President hosts official reception in honor of Serbian counterpart
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva have hosted an official reception in honor of visiting Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and his spouse Dragica Nikolic.
The Heads of State made speeches at the event.
They touched upon the expansion of the bilateral relations in the political, economic and cultural spheres.
Serbian President visits Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić and his spouse Dragica Nikolić have visited the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA). They met rector of the Academy Hafiz Pashayev, who spoke of prospects for developing the cooperation between the two countries.
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić and his spouse Dragica Nikolić have visited the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA).
They met rector of the Academy Hafiz Pashayev, who spoke of prospects for developing the cooperation between the two countries.
He noted the diplomatic academies of Azerbaijan and Serbia would embark on a teacher and student exchange program soon.
Pashayev touched upon an ADA-hosted exhibition dedicated to popular Serbian writer and diplomat Ivo Andrić, expressing confidence it “will give a push to deepening the relations between our nations”.
The Serbian President thanked the ADA rector for the organization of the exhibition dedicated to Andrić.
President Tomislav Nikolić said similar exhibitions had been arranged in more than 40 countries.
The meeting with the Serbian leader at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy was attended by state and government officials as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijani and Serbian First Ladies meet
First Lady of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva on February 8 met with the First Lady of Serbia Dragica Nikolic
Azerbaijan, Serbia discuss cooperation prospects
Azerbaijan and Serbia have today discussed prospects for developing the bilateral relations as chairman of the Milli Majlis Ogtay Asadov met visiting Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic
Azerbaijan and Serbia have today discussed prospects for developing the bilateral relations as chairman of the Milli Majlis Ogtay Asadov met visiting Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic.
The Serbian President viewed the Heydar Aliyev Memory Hall. He was informed about the role of the national leader in establishing the Azerbaijan-Serbia relations.
Tomislav Nikolic has signed the guest book here.
Ogtay Asadov spoke about the friendly relations between the two countries, and noted the significance of reciprocal visits.
He stressed that the signed agreements established a strong legal framework for development of relations in different fields. Asadov also expressed confidence that a newly founded economic committee would play an important role in economic cooperation.
Speaker Asadov also informed the Serbian President of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Tomislav Nikolic stressed the role of the parliaments in developing the relations between the two countries.
Azerbaijani Prime Minister, Serbian President has joint working lunch
Azerbaijan`s Prime Minister Artur Rasizade has had a joint working lunch with President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic. During the lunch they exchanged views on prospects for developing economic cooperation
Azerbaijan`s Prime Minister Artur Rasizade has had a joint working lunch with President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic.
During the lunch they exchanged views on prospects for developing economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Serbia.
Death Commemoration in Honor of Milorad Pavic
On the occasion of 3rd death commemoration of the distinguished Serbian writer Milorad Pavic in Tasmajdan Park, renewed with help of Azerbaijan donation, the death commemoration was held on the 30th November 2012 and flowers were laid by his monument. The ceremony was attended by the writer’s relatives and colleagues, state representatives of Serbia, Azerbaijan embassy representatives, members of Azerbaijani Cultural Centre in Belgrade and Serbian-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, and representatives of Azerbaijani community here in Serbia.
In front of the present parties at the gathering, Milorad Pavic’s wife and son, Jasmina Mihajlovic and Ivan Pavic, expressed their gratitude for the attention and respect paid to the memory of the author, giving special thanks to Azerbaijani and Serbian republics for holding this commemoration dedicated to Milorad Pavic.
In memory of the writer, his relatives and friends spoke about Milorad Pavic’s life and work.
Azerbaijan Delivers Humanitarian Aid to the Clinic for Mother and Child in Belgrade
In the Clinic for Mother and Child in Belgrade on the 30th November 2012 the ceremony was held, on the occasion of which the Embassy of Azerbaijan, by the order of Azerbaijani government, delivered the humanitarian aid to this hospital.
It is worth mentioning that this one is not the first humanitarian action initiated by Azerbaijan to help the Clinic for Mother and Child in Belgrade. The Embassy of Azerbaijan maintains permanent focus on providing humanitarian aid to this clinic and today’s humanitarian aid contained several sets of furniture for children, gifts, toys etc.
The ceremony was attended by the staff of the Clinic, representatives of city government, Serbian state representatives, employees of Azerbaijan embassy, members of Azerbaijani Cultural Centre in Belgrade and Serbian-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, and representatives of Azerbaijani community here in Serbia.
“Scholarship Uzeyir Hajibeyli” to the students of Novi Sad
28th November 2012
The reward “Scholarship Uzeyir Hajibeyli” granted by the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan was awarded at the ceremony today to the students of the Art Academy in Novi Sad.
The award, named after the great Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli (1885-1948), is granted for the artistic or scientific results and success achieved in course of studies for the school year 2012/2013, and was handed to three students of the Department of music art at the Art Academy.
The attendants were addressed by vice-chancellor for international cooperation at the University of Novi Sad, Pavle Sekerus and the Azerbaijani ambassador in Serbia Eldar Hasanov, which was followed by an appropriate musical program performed by the awarded students.
Right before the ceremony, in presence of the Ambassador Hasanov, Art Academy Dean Zoran Krajisnik and the awarded students, flowers were laid by the statue of the composer Hajibeyli, which was revealed at Belgrade quay in Novi Sad last year.
The meeting between Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Commerce, Information Technology and Telecommunications of Serbia Rasim Ljajić was held on the 9th of November 2012.
The issues were discussed regarding the forthcoming second Azerbaijani-Serbian intergovernmental committee conference for commercial and economic cooperation and Azerbaijan-Serbia business forum to be held on 26-27th November 2012 in Baku. Minister Rasim Ljajić expressed his belief that the committee conference and the business forum would contribute to the development of economic relations between Serbia and Azerbaijan. The prospective development and expansion of commercial relations between Serbia and Azerbaijan were also considered at the meeting. In course of the meeting Rasim Ljajić pointed out the high potential of Azerbaijani economy expressing his hope for successful commercial-economic relations development, as well as in the sphere of information technology and telecommunications between the two countries.
The Ambassador E. Hasanov took the opportunity to inform R. Ljajić about social political economic situation in Azerbaijan, as well as on reform implementation and economic accomplishments of the country. Moreover, he underlined his determination to make all necessary effort in order to coordinate successful second intergovernmental committee conference and business forum and maintain the development of comprehensive relations between the two countries.
The meeting between Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of theRepublic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Serbia Eldar Hasanov and DeputyMinister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Goran Aleksić was held on the 8th ofNovember 2012.
The issues regarding the forthcoming visit of President of theRepublic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolić to the Republic of Azerbaijan werediscussed in course of the meeting, as well as those regarding development ofconventional legal basis between the two countries.
Ambassador E. Hasanov pointed out the inevitable development of inter-parliamentary relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia and handed in theinformation about the approaching second Azerbaijani-Serbian intergovernmentalcommittee conference for commercial and economic cooperation and Azerbaijan-Serbia business forum to be held on 26-27th November 2012 in Baku.
Goran Aleksić informed the ambassador that all the relevant authorities of theRepublic of Serbia are undergoing careful preparations in order to bring theseevents to a successful end.
Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Araz Azimov visited Belgrade on political consultation from 10th to 12th October 2012.
In course of the visit the deputy foreign minister met Serbian Foreign MinisterIvan Mrkic, Assistants Foreign Minister Zoran Vujic and Sladjana Prica, Ministryof Defense of Serbia State Secretary Aleksandar Nikolic and Serbian President'sForeign Policy Advisor Marko Djuric. The potentials of developing bilateralcooperation and collaboration between international organizations were consideredat the meetings.
On the occasion of meeting Serbian foreign minister, Araz Azimov declared that Azerbaijan is interested in reinforcing correlations with Serbia since he considersit the strategic partner on the Balkans. Serbian foreign minister said that hiscountry supports sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. He showedappreciation to our country for supporting Serbia regarding the Kosovo issue.
During his stay in Serbia, Araz Azimov also paid a visit to the park “Tasmajdan”and laid down flowers on the monument of the national leader of AzerbaijanHeydar Aliyev, as well as to the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan inBelgrade.
Azerbaijan Through the Lens competition – enter now!
The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) is running a photography competition called Azerbaijan Through the Lens. This forms part of TEAS’ cultural promotion of Azerbaijan to European audiences, and is open to professional and amateur photographers from across the world.
All types of photographs are welcome to be submitted, from portraits and landscapes to action and architectural – the only criterion is that they must be related to Azerbaijan. The deadline for submissions is 15 October 2012 at 17.00 (GMT).
In addition to a selection of fantastic prizes, the winners will be exhibited at the prestigious La Galleria Pall Mall, London in November 2012, to which the international media and public will be invited. The exhibition will then be presented at galleries in Paris, Berlin, Brussels and other European cities during late 2012–early 2013.
- 1st prize – £2,000 worth of travel vouchers or a 15" Macbook Pro
- 2nd prize – £1,000 worth of travel vouchers or a 13" Macbook Air
- 3rd prize – £500 worth of travel vouchers or an iPad
The winning photos will be selected by a panel of internationally-recognised experts.
TEAS encourages all professional and amateur photographers to share how they see Azerbaijan through the lens.
Azerbaijan film took the first place at the I International sport film festival at Zlatibor.
The film of Azerbaijan director Arzu Urshan “The ball goes up high and falls downhard” has won the first place at the I International sport film festival at Zlatibor.
The festival took place from August 21st to August 24th this year. 25 sport films from14 countries have been presented.
Defense Minister Aleksandar Vucic met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan Eldar Hasanov.
At the meeting the topic of discussion was the development of bilateral cooperation through strengthening partnership and friendly relations.
Both sides have expressed interest in developing cooperation in all fields of defense, as well as strengthening strong political and economic relations between the two countries.
The meeting between the Ambassador of Azerbaijan Republic in the Republic of Serbia, Mr Eldar Hasanov and the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Rasim Ljajic was held on August 20, 2012.
The issues concerning development perspective and deepening of trade relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia as well as many other issues of mutual concern have been discussed during the meeting . Mr Rasim Ljajic gave a short review regarding high potentials of Azerbaijan economy and expressed his hope for the further successful development of the trade –economic relations as well as the relations in the fields if information technologies and telecommunications of our countries.
Ministar Ljajic also showed his willingness related to versatile help for the development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia.
Ambassador E.Hasanov informed Minister R. Ljajic in many detail with social-political and social-economic situation in Azerbaijan and with the reforms that are being passed, about economic successes of the state and the Armenia–Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He also pointed out that he will make all possible efforts to the purpose of further bilateral relations between our countries.
On 17th July 2012 the meeting between the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Serbia Mr Eldar Hasanov and the President of Serbia Mr Tomislav Nikolić was held.
During the meeting, the issues on perspectives of development and strengthening the relation betweenAzerbaijan and Serbia was considered as well as a set of issues on mutual interests. During the meeting,the President of Serbia Mr Tomislav Nikolić, highly evaluated the level of Serbian-Azerbaijani relationsand he specified that his country provides a great significance to the development of bilateral relationswith Azerbaijan. Furthermore, he also expressed his appreciation to the government of Azerbaijan for thesupport and assistance in realization of many humanitarian projects in Serbia. Mr T.Nikolić emphasizedthat the successes which Azerbaijan made in the last years under the governance of the president IlhamAliyev cause a huge admiration. Ambassador E.Hasanov social-political and social-economic situation
in Azerbaijan, reforms in progress, economic successes of the country as well as Armenian-AzerbaijaniNagorno-Karabakh conflict. Furthermore, he also specified that he would invest all efforts for furtherdevelopment of bilateral relations between our countries.
On 18th July 2012 the meeting between the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic ofSerbia Mr Eldar Hasanov and the candidate for the Prime Minister of Serbia, Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr.Ivica Dačić was held.
During that meeting, Mr I.Dačić specified that he highly evaluates Serbian-Azerbaijani relations, based onhistorical relations and he specified that there is a great potential for further development of such relations.
Having emphasized the significance of further strengthening the partner relations between our coutnries,I.Dačić specified that, during his mandate in the Government, the comprehensive support to thedevelopment of economic relations between Serbia and Azerbaijan would be provided. He also warned onthe fact that the trade relations between our countries are not in compliance with their potentials. I.Dačićemphasized that Serbia is interested in the cooperation with Azerbaijan related to the fields of economy,infrastructure, agriculture, humanitarian activities, tourism, etc.
Ambassador Mr E. Hasanov presented I.Dačić on economic successes of Azerbaijan and specified thatthe political stability established in Azerbaijan created new bases for development of economic, socialand humanitarian spheres as well as in the field of infrastructure. Ambassador specified also that thediversification of the economy of the country is accelerated, the dependence on oil income is decreased andthat the great significance is given to the development of the non-oil sector and that Azerbaijan realizes greatprojects in the field of energetics.
On 19th July 2012, the meeting was held between the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in theRepublic of Serbia Mr Eldar Hasanov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic fo Serbia, Mr VukJeremić.
Ambassador E.Hasanov congratulated on behalf of the Azerbaijani government to Vuk Jeremić on hisappointment for the President of the General Assembly of UN. V.Jeremić specified that he highly evaluatesthe level of Serbian-Azerbaijani relations and that his country would provide higher importance to thedevelopment of political relations with Azerbaijan. Furthermore, he also specified that he would actively workon extenstion of cooperation with Azerbaijan and support the position of Azerbaijan regarding Nagorno-Karabakh conflict during his appointment as the President of the General Assembly of UN.
During the discussion on Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Ambassador E. Hasanovspecified that in the military agression of Armania against Azerbaijan 20 percentage of the territory of thecountry was occupied, that more than 1 million of people were under the policy of ethnic cleansing and heemphasized that, during solving these problems, Azerbaijan was following the norms of international law.Furthermore, Ambassador also expressed his appreciation for the Statement of the Minister of ForeignAffairs Serbia for the so-called “presidential elections“ which were held on 19th July 2012 in Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, July 19, 2012
On May 2-4 the government delegation, headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Elchin Efendiyev, paid a visit to the Republic of Serbia.
The delegation took part in the opening of the "St. Petka" church in the city of Novi Sad and the mosque "Bayrakly Jamiya" in Belgrade, the reconstruction of which was carried out by the Azerbaijani state under the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
On the first day of the visit, the delegation, which also included the Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office, Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade and His Grace Bishop Alexander, visited the monument to a national leader Heydar Aliyev in Tashmaydan park, located in the heart of Belgrade, and laid a wreath.
Then the delegation visited a monument, erected in the park, to a prominent Serbian writer and philosopher Milorad Pavić.
They also laid a wreath at the monument erected in memory of the children killed in a NATO air attack in 1999.
On the same day, the delegation met with the Abbot of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Patriarch Irenaeus. The Patriarch Irenaeus, stressing that the relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia are on the rise, expressed the hope for the success of the visit.
Having conveyed the greetings from the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, to the Abbot of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Elchin Efendiyev noted the unique purpose of the visit, as due to its framework there will be opened the church and the mosque in Serbia on the same day.
Having described the prevailing in our country atmosphere of tolerance and peaceful coexistence of all religions representatives, the Deputy Prime Minister said that the head of Azerbaijani state kept the course of repair and restoration of the mosque and the church under his constant attention.
May 3 a significant event happened in the history of Azerbaijani-Serbian relations. Azerbaijani state, which has made a great contribution to strengthening inter-religious dialogue, not only in the region but throughout the world, performing global works on the development of tolerance on a more solid foundation, presented the Serbian congregation with unforgettable day. In the capital of the Serbian autonomous province of Voyvodina, the city of Novi Sad, which is considered to be the second largest city after Belgrade in this country, the opening ceremony of the "St. Petka" church took place after its repair and restoration.
Although the construction of the church in different years was conducted by refugees from different parts of the former Yugoslavia, the works were suspended due to financial difficulties. The congregation was forced to perform prayers in unsuitable premises. During the official visit of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to Serbia last year, the refugees, living in the city, and the mayor of the city asked the head of the Republic of Azerbaijan to help in the implementation of construction and restoration works in the church. Last year in October, here, with the support of Azerbaijan, the repair and restoration have begun, and in a short time all the works were completed on a high standard.
The ceremony participants familiarized themselves with the photo-stand picturing the state of the church before and after the repair.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Bishop Sremski Vasiliy thanked the President Ilham Aliyev for his support in the repair and restoration works, noting that spiritual values bring together the Azerbaijani and Serbian peoples and wished peace and prosperity to Azerbaijani state and people.
Passing the greetings from the President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, Elchin Efendiyev said that everybody has equal rights in our country, regardless of religion, language and ethnicity. Speaking of attention, paid by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and by the state to the monuments, which belong to different religions, the Deputy Prime Minister noted that the tolerance in Azerbaijan has ancient roots. The national leader Heydar Aliyev has taken important steps to preserve and strengthen these traditions and today the political course of the great leader is successfully continued by the President Ilham Aliyev.
Sheikh-ul-Islam A. Pashazade noted that in Azerbaijan relations between the state and religious structures are built on a very high level. Having reminded about conducted in our country important activities, aimed at strengthening inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue, Sheikh-ul-Islam said that, along with progress in the economic sphere, our country has made progress in the spiritual realm.
Bishop Alexander named the opening as an important event in the church and stressed that the Christians living in Azerbaijan are represented in government, parliament, business, and other structures. Tolerance reigns in Azerbaijan. Having said that Azerbaijan contributes to the strengthening of tolerance, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue in the world, the bishop noted that the opening of this church is a vivid example of this.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Vuk Jeremic expressed satisfaction about participating in such a momentous ceremony and spoke about the development of relations between the two countries, noting that friendly relations and cooperation are at a high level. Expressing his gratitude to the Government of Azerbaijan for its support, the Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that there is a mutual understanding between Azerbaijan and Serbia.
In the conclusion Elchin Efendiyev presented the church with a memorable gift on behalf of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva.
There were planted trees at the church grounds.
Then, the participants visited a monument to a prominent Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli in the city of Novi Sad and laid a wreath to it.
On the same day there was an opening ceremony of the mosque, restored under instructions from the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev.
There were white doves released in the sky at the opening ceremony of the mosque, as a sign of peace and reconciliation.
Speaking at the opening ceremony the Mufti of Belgrade Muhammad Yusifspahić expressed his gratitude to the President Ilham Aliyev on behalf of Muslims in Serbia. The Mufti noted that with the support of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, improvement works were carried out in some parts of Belgrade and that the restoration of the mosque will not only deepen the Azerbaijani-Serbian friendship, but will also contribute to the strengthening of solidarity between representatives of different religions in Serbia. The Mufti also highly estimated friendship between the Azerbaijani and Serbian peoples represented by the leaders of the two states.
It was brought to attention that in a six-story building, included in the mosque complex, there will be madrassas, Faculty of Islamic Sciences, a library and an assembly hall at the disposal of the congregation.
Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Chairman of the Olympic Committee of Serbia
On February 27, 2012 President Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by the Chairman of Olympic Committee of Serbia and the founder of “Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac”, Vlade Divac.
The President of Azerbaijan indicated that bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia were developing successfully.
Saying that the two countries have established a strong partnership, President Aliyev recalled with satisfaction the visit by Serbian President Boris Tadic to Azerbaijan and his own visit to Serbia, noted the importance of mutual high-level visits for the expansion of ties. The President stressed the need for a broader cooperation between the two countries in the field of sports.
Expressing satisfaction with his first visit to Azerbaijan, Vlade Divac thanked President Ilham Aliyev for the work our country is doing to develop the region he represents. He emphasized the importance of expanding humanitarian cooperation between Azerbaijan and Serbia.
Then Vlade Divac said President Ilham Aliyev was being decorated with the international award of a “True friend of the Balkans” established by “Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac” for a valuable contribution to the development of multilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia and other Balkan countries, for a special contribution to the development of relations between Azerbaijani and Balkan peoples, reconstruction and improvement of Tasmajan and Bayrakli parks, establishment of a statue of outstanding Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibayli in Belgrade, construction of the Holy Petco temple in Novi Sad, reconstruction of the House of Culture in Novi Pazar, reconstruction and improvement of Baku Street and the Friendship Park in Sarajevo, provision of humanitarian aid to a mother and child clinic under the Centre for the protection of infants, children and young people in Belgrade and to the refugees settled in the region of Vojvodina, provision of humanitarian aid to those affected by floods in the region of Virpazar in Montenegro, provision of comprehensive support for the publication of Azerbaijani-language “Dictionary of the Khazars” by famous Serbian writer Milorad Pavic, the decision to establish a statue of famous Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla in Baku, and for an exemplary contribution to the convergence of different cultures, strengthening of humanity, charity and religious tolerance. Then Vlade Divac presented the award to the President of Azerbaijan.
Expressing his gratitude for the award, President Ilham Aliyev regarded it as evidence of Azerbaijani-Serbian friendly relations.
FIRST LADY MEHRIBAN ALIYEVA MET WITH THE DELEGATION LED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SERBIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
First Lady of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva met, on February 29th, with the delegation led by Vlade Divac, the Chairman of the Serbian Olympic Committee, founder of the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation.
Greeting the guests at the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva noted cooperation between Azerbaijan and Serbia developed successfully in all spheres. The President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation emphasized the significance of mutual relations between the heads of the two countries, and noted that these visits would contribute to strengthening the bilateral relations further.
The President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation recalled the presentation of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev with the “Noble Friend of Balkans” International Prize by Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation.
First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva underlined that cooperation between the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation is important in terms of relations between non-government organizations. Having noted she was well informed of the aid provided by the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation in the humanitarian sphere, to IDPs and people in need, Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva said both the foundations served the same objectives and had the same priorities.
Talking of the perspectives of the cooperation, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva noted that the Heydar Aliyev Foundation has already been implementing projects in Serbia. A church and a mosque are being restored in this country. Implementation of projects in future in various spheres, including sports, education and other directions is expected.
Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva expressed confidence that the visit by the delegation led by Vlade Divac, the Chairman of the Serbian Olympic Committee and founder of the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, will have success.
Thanking for the meeting, Vlade Divac noted that the primary objective of his visit to our country was to present the Prize to President Ilham Aliyev and to get acquainted more closely with the Azerbaijani people. The guest underlined that the activity of President Ilham Aliyev has been contributing to closer relations between our nations.
Mentioning that he had already familiarised himself with the activity of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Vlade Divac said multilateral activity of the Foundation draw them into building broader cooperation with this organization.
President of Azerbaijan ends official visit to Serbia
June 9, 2011. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today completed his official visit to Serbia. A guard of honor was lined up for the President Ilham Aliyev at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. President of Azerbaijan was seen off by top officials of Serbian government.
Azerbaijan and Serbian leaders open monument to Uzeir Hajibeyli in Novi Sad
June 9, 2011 Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Serbian President Boris Tadic on June 9 attended the inauguration of the monument to the outstanding Azerbaijan composer Uzeir Hajibeyli in Novi Sad.
Novi Sad is the capital of the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina, and the administrative centre of the South Bačka District. The city is located in the southern part of Pannonian Plain on the Danube river. Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia, after Belgrade.
The city was founded in 1694, when Serb merchants formed a colony across the Danube from the Petrovaradin fortress, Habsburg strategic military post. In 18th and 19th centuries, it became an important merchant and manufacturing centre, as well as a centre of Serbian culture of that period, earning the nickname Serb Athens. Today, Novi Sad is an industrial and financial centre of the Serbian economy, as well as a major cultural hub.
Azerbaijan has made another contribution to the cultural life of Serbia, setting up the monument to the great Azerbaijan composer Uzeir Hajibeyli. The initiative belongs to the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
Addressing the ceremony, mayor of Novi Sad Igor Pavličić thanked President Ilham Aliyev for the support. The mayor has emphasized that as a multicultural country Serbia respects all national cultures and highly values an idea of dedicating a monument to Uzeir Hajibeyli in Novi Sad.
Then Azerbaijan and Serbian leaders unveiled the monument. Both Presidents addressed the inauguration. The inauguration ceremony was rounded off with a concert performed by the Uzeir Hajibeyli Azerbaijan State Symphonic Orchestra.
Serbian and Azerbaijani leaders open Tashmajdan Park in Belgrade
June 8, 2011 Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Boris Tadic of Serbia have today attended the opening of the Tashmajdan Park here.
The Azerbaijani President was told that the park is located in Belgrade's municipality of Palilula. Almost two millennia ago, Romans were extracting stone from the quarry located in the area for the building of Belgrade's predecessor, Singidunum. The quarry remained operational during Ottoman period, thus giving the name to the entire location
The monuments to national leader Heydar Aliyev and renowned Serbian writer Milorad Pavic were erected in the park.
The Presidents of Azerbaijan and Serbia symbolically planted a tree in the park.
The Heads of State made remarks at the ceremony.
The Presidents visited the monuments to national leader Heydar Aliyev and renowned Serbian writer Milorad Pavic.
President Ilham Aliyev met with general public in Belgrade. Residents thanked President Ilham Aliyev for his contribution to development of relations between the countries and peoples.
The ceremony was followed by a concert.
President Ilham Aliyev meets speaker of Serbian parliament
June 8, 2011 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met here today with Speaker of the Serbian National Assembly Mrs. Slavica Dukic Dejanovic.
It was noted during the meeting that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev`s official visit to Serbia would contribute to development of relationship between the two countries and peoples.
The parties pointed out the documents signed during the visit help strengthen political and economic relations. They said both countries back each other`s position in the international arena.
The sides underlined interparliamentary ties help expand bilateral relations and found the need to deepen cooperation in this field. Dynamic development of bilateral ties in a variety of fields was stressed at the meeting.
Azerbaijan, Serbia sign documents
June 8, 2011 After the talks in extended format of President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Boris Tadic of Serbia ended, the cooperation documents were signed.
As stated, the signed documents include the agreement on cooperation in emergencies, cooperation and mutual assistant in customs sphere, promotion and mutual support of investments, cooperation in education field, in the field of youth affairs and sports, cooperation in protection of environment, cooperation in cultural field, the MOU on cooperation among the agriculture, trade, forestry and water economy departments of Azerbaijan and Serbia, the MOU on cooperation in the field of tourism, transportation, energy and civil aviation spheres.
Azerbaijani and Serbian Presidents make media statements
June 8, 2011. After a ceremony of signing documents, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and President Boris Tadic of Serbia made joint statement for the press.
“Our political relations are being upgraded to the strategic level,” President of Serbia Boris Tadic
He stressed both countries have a number of things in common, saying it is about Nagorno-Karabakh and Kosovo disputes. Tadic stated Serbia recognizes territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
The Serbian leader thanked President Ilham Aliyev for his stance on the Kosovo problem.
The Serbian President declared his country wants to join the AGRI project.
“Gas is more important for Europe than nuclear energy. Azerbaijan is taking great steps in this area. It helps to develop Azerbaijan`s economy,” said Boris Tadic. He noted Azerbaijani companies are interested in investing in the infrastructure projects in Serbia.
For his part, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev noted Serbia-Azerbaijan relations have become more dynamic and effective over the past few years.
The Head of State underlined his Serbian counterpart`s visit to Azerbaijan last year gave a strong impetus to bilateral relations.
“Our dialogue is strategic. Our relations are multifaceted,” said President Ilham Aliyev.
The Azerbaijani leader noted both countries suffer from separatism, and Azerbaijan supports Serbia`s territorial integrity in all international organizations.
The Azerbaijan`s President thanked the Serbian government for its fair stance on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, expressing confidence that territorial integrity of both countries will be restored.
He underscored Azerbaijan favors Serbia`s joining the AGRI project. President Aliyev pointed out Azerbaijan is interested in energy cooperation with Serbia.
The Head of State underlined the documents signed would give a kick-start to development of cooperation between the two countries.
Presidents Ilham Aliyev, Boris Tadic meet in private
June 8, 2011 After official welcoming ceremony, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and President Boris Tadic of Serbia on June 8 met in private.
The two Presidents underlined successful developing relations in versatile fields, including in political, economic, cultural and other fields, noting also the importance of the mutual visits of high officials from the point of view of deepening of bilateral relations.
The heads of state exchanged views on bilateral, regional and international questions.
Presidents of Azerbaijan and Serbia meet in presence of delegations
June 8, 2011 Following a one-on-one meeting, Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Boris Tadic of Serbia met in presence of both countries` delegations.
Serbian President Tadic called Azerbaijan an `important partner` for his country. He pointed out there is the need to strengthen ties between the two countries in political, economic, cultural and humanitarian fields. The Serbian leader once more stated his country`s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Tadic underlined his country is interested in participation of Azerbaijani companies in infrastructure projects in Serbia and other spheres, adding it can be related to the agriculture as well. The President noted Serbia is keen on using Azerbaijan`s transport-transit potential.
President Ilham Aliyev noted Azerbaijan-Serbia relations are rapidly developing.
“Such meetings are important for discussing various projects,” said President Aliyev, adding there is mutual trust between the countries. He pointed out there is a good level of political relationship and prospects for energy cooperation between the two countries.
The Head of State once more informed his Serbian counterpart on Azerbaijan`s stance on the Kosovo problem.
President Ilham Aliyev expressed hope that the activity of the intergovernmental commission would contribute to development of bilateral relations.
President Ilham Aliyev opens Azerbaijan`s embassy in Belgrade
June 8, 2011 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev inaugurated on Wednesday the embassy of Azerbaijan to Serbia.
The Head of State cut a ribbon signifying the official opening of the embassy.
President Ilham Aliyev toured the facilities at the building.
All rooms of the embassy were provided with up-to-date equipment.
The Azerbaijani leader addressed embassy employees and Serbia`s general public.
On June 8, 2011 official welcoming ceremony of Ilham Aliyev in Serbia was held
The official welcoming ceremony of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, who is paying an official visit to the Republic of Serbia, has been held.
The guard of honor was arranged in honor of the President of Azerbaijan outside the Serbia Chamber where state flags of the two countries were hoisted.
Serbian President Boris Tadic met Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
National anthems of Azerbaijan and Serbia were played.
The chief of the guard of honor reported to President Ilham Aliyev.
Then the heads of state inspected the guard of honor.
Serbian state and government officials were introduced to President Ilham Aliyev and members of the Azerbaijani delegation were introduced to President Boris Tadic.
The heads of state had an official photo taken.
Azerbaijan`s Embassy in Serbia has organized an event to mark the 88th anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev, May 10, 2011
The event brought together members of the Azerbaijani community and students studying in the country.
Opening the event, Ambassador Eldar Hasanov spoke of the national leader`s lifetime and activity.
The diplomat noted all accomplishments the country achieved are the results of the national leader`s forward-looking policy “which is successfully continued by President Ilham Aliyev.”
The event participants also saw a documentary on the national leader`s lifetime and activity.
Serbian President: We support Azerbaijan`s sovereignty, territorial integrity and just position on Karabakh conflict, May 5, 2011
The Serbian President has said his country supports Azerbaijan`s sovereignty, territorial integrity and just position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Boris Tadic received Azerbaijan`s foreign minister Elmar Mammadyarov. Tadic thanked the Azerbaijani government for supporting Serbia on the Kosovo issue. The Serbian leader said he had friendly and good relations with Azerbaijan`s president Ilham Aliyev.
B.Tadic touched upon the economic relations between the two countries. He said the economic cooperation saw some revival, however, adding “the level of this cooperation falls behind our potential”. The Serbian leader noted the two governments and relevant organizations have a great responsibility to bring these relations to a higher level. Tadic praised Azerbaijan`s geo-strategic significance. “Azerbaijan has an important geo-strategic importance. It has great energy potential. Azerbaijan pursues a balanced policy in the international arena and in the energy sphere. Serbia is interested in developing the relations with Azerbaijan in these areas.”
E.Mammadyarov highlighted political, social, economic and democratic reforms in Azerbaijan. E.Mammadyarov said: “President Ilham Aliyev`s successful domestic and foreign policy to maintain political stability and economic development is fully supported by the people of Azerbaijan.” The Minister spoke of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying twenty percent of the Azerbaijani lands are under Armenian occupation. He added Armenia had not fulfilled four UN Security Council resolutions demanding an unconditional release of the occupied lands. He also stressed the importance of resolving the conflict peacefully on the basis of the principles of Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of borders and in accordance with international law.
Touching upon the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia, E.Mammadyarov stressed the necessity of boosting economic ties. “Our economic relations fall behind our potential. There is great potential to boost our economic cooperation,” he added.
Azerbaijani room opened in building of Serbia`s Foreign Ministry, May 4, 2011
As part of the official visit of Azerbaijan`s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov to Serbia, an Azerbaijani room was opened in the building of Serbia`s Foreign Ministry. The ceremony was attended by Mammadyarov and his Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremić. Following the opening ceremony, the two ministers had a meeting, during which the Azerbaijani Minister thanked the Serbian leadership for supporting his country`s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Mammadyarov briefed his counterpart on the ongoing talks to settle the conflict peacefully through the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. The Azerbaijani Minister once again recalled his country`s stance on the Kosovo problem. Jeremić, in turn, said development of relationship with Azerbaijan was the Serbian leadership`s resolute stance. He thanked the Azerbaijani government for supporting Serbia`s position on the Kosovo issue in both bilateral meetings and international organizations. After the meetings the ministers made press statements.
The same day, Mammadyarov met Mayor of Belgrade, Deputy Chairman of the ruling Democratic Party Dragan Dilas. They said relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia were developing dynamically in various spheres. The Mayor thanked the Azerbaijani leadership for inviting him to the country. He also thanked the Azerbaijani government for the humanitarian projects carried out in Serbia by the country`s Embassy, as well as the project on restoration of Tasmajdan Park. Mammadyarov expressed satisfaction with development of relationship between Azerbaijan and Serbia. He also praised erecting statues of national leader Heydar Aliyev and prominent Serbian writer Milorad Pavic in the Tasmajdan Park and bust of Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibayli in the city of Novi Sad, describing these facts as a sign of friendly relations between the two countries. Then, the Azerbaijani Minister became familiar with the restoration works in the Tašmajdan Park with participation of Belgrade`s general architect and deputy mayor, author of project on the park`s restoration, architect Eldar Huseynov.
Azerbaijan`s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with Chairperson of the Serbian parliament Ms. Slavitsa Dzhukich-Deyanovich. Mr. Mammadyarov briefed on the country`s policy, economy, democratic reforms, activity of Azerbaijan-Serbia Intergovernmental Friendship Group and numerous meetings held in Serbia. Ms. Deyanovich praised the relations established between Serbia and Azerbaijan, including parliamentary ties. She said the government of Serbia supports Azerbaijan`s sovereignty, territorial integrity and fair stance regarding the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Chairman also thanked the government of Azerbaijan for supporting Serbia in Kosovo issue.
Mr. Mammadyarov met with Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković. Prime Minister said Serbia attaches great importance to developing economic relations with Azerbaijan, including spheres of energy, oil and chemistry. He said Serbia signed agreements on free trade with Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus and Turkey and wishes to do the same with Azerbaijan. Mr. Mammadyarov updated the Prime Minister on economic reforms, implementation of the large-scale projects in energy sphere.
Azerbaijan`s Foreign Minister also met with first deputy prime minister and minister of internal affairs Ivitsa Dachich.
Mr. Dachich expressed desire to sign agreement on visa-free regime between the two countries. The sides also discussed international security, combat with terrorism and organized crime.
Foreign Minister met with Minister of Labor and Social Policy Rasim Ljajić. The last expressed his gratitude to the government of Azerbaijan and the Heydar Aliyev Foundation for assistance rendered to the Serbian refugees and the orphan`s homes. Serbian minister offered to sign agreements with Azerbaijan in the spheres of energy, tourism and culture.
Azerbaijani minister visited the mausoleum to the former Yugoslavian leader Josip Broz Tito. Mammadyarov also visited Azerbaijani Embassy to Serbia, also met with representatives of Azerbaijani Diaspora, members of Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Belgrade and Serbia-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A two-day visit of Azerbaijani foreign minister to Serbia has come to an end.
Azerbaijani delegation visits Serbia, July 16, 2010
Azerbaijan`s delegation led by economic development minister Shahin Mustafayev visited Serbia on July 12-14 under President Ilham Aliyev`s instructions.
The delegation included representatives of the ministries of Communication and Information Technology, Defense Industry, State Oil Fund, SOCAR, Azerbaijan State Railway and Export and Investment Promotion Foundation.
As part of the visit, the delegation met Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic and minister of economy and regional development Mladan Dinkic.
In the meeting, Cvetkovic thanked the Azerbaijani government for supporting Serbia on Kosovo issue.
Mustafayev, in turn, thanked the Serbian government for backing Azerbaijan on the Nagorno Karabakh problem.
The Azerbaijani delegation also met officials of the ministries of Defense, Telecommunications and Information Society, Privatization Agency and Investment and Export Promotion Agency. They also met Serbian businessmen.
During the meetings, the Serbian officials and businessmen hailed the ongoing development process in Azerbaijan. They also appreciated the hospitality shown to Serbian President Boris Tadic during his visit to Baku.
The sides noted the two countries had opportunities to expand cooperation in all spheres.
Azerbaijan`s Republic Day and inauguration of Embassy marked in Belgrade, May 28, 2010
An official reception has been held in Belgrade to celebrate Azerbaijan`s Republic Day and mark the inauguration of the country`s Embassy in the Serbian capital.
The participants in the event included Serbia`s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Regional Development Mlađan Dinkić, defense minister Dragan Sutanovats, Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs Rasim Ljajić, the Serbian President` political advisor Alexander Knejevic and economic advisor Biserka Jevtimijević Drinjaković, as well as deputy ministers, MPs, heads of political parties, religious figures, representatives of NGOs, heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Belgrade, members of the Serbia-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and representatives of the Azerbaijan community.
In his opening remarks, ambassador Eldar Hasanov highlighted the holiday`s history.
“92 years ago - on May 28th, 1918 – the Azerbaijan democratic Republic, a first democracy in the Muslim East, was established. It was a constitutional and secular state.”
“The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic ensured human rights and freedoms for all its citizens, irrespective of the national and religious belonging. It was a first state in the Muslim East which granted the right to vote to women,” he added.
Hasanov praised national leader Heydar Aliyev`s role in Azerbaijan`s history, saying “the national leader laid the foundations of statehood in the country”.
The Ambassador also hailed President Ilham Aliyev, adding he “successfully continues the course of his predecessor”.
On the Azerbaijan-Serbia relations, Hasanov said they were rapidly developing.
He stressed Azerbaijan placed a particular emphasis on developing all-round relations with Serbia.
“After Serbian President Boris Tadic`s first official visit, on the invitation of President Ilham Aliyev, on May 12-13 this year, to Baku the relations between our countries reached a new level.”
Mlađan Dinkić, said Serbia attaches a particular importance to developing its relations with Azerbaijan.
“The recent visit by President Boris Tadic is a vivid evidence of this.”
Dinkić pointed out there were good opportunities between the two countries to expand their economic cooperation.
“President Tadic led a large delegation of Serbian businessmen who had a joint forum with their Azeri counterparts during the visit.”
The participants watched a film about Azerbaijan`s history, political, economic and cultural achievements, as well as the Serbian leader`s recent trip to the country.
President B. Tadić during his visit to Azerbaijan met with Prime-minister and Parliament Speaker
On may 13,2010 President B. Tadić met with Prime Minister Arthur Rasi Zadeh and Parliament Speaker Ogtay Asadov.
At the meeting were discussed all aspects of bilateral cooperation.
Azerbaijani side expressed its support to Serbia in its position that the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo is unacceptable.
Azerbaijan and Serbia sign documents
On May 12, 2010 a ceremony of signing the Azerbaijan-Serbia documents was held Thursday.
Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Boris Tadic of Serbia signed a joint declaration of Presidents of the Republics of Azerbaijan and Serbia
Foreign Ministers Elmar Mammadyarov of Azerbaijan and Vuk Yeremic of Serbia signed a protocol on cooperation between the Foreign Ministries of both countries.
Foreign Ministers Elmar Mammadyarov of Azerbaijan and Vuk Yeremic of Serbia signed an agreement between the Governments of Azerbaijan and Serbia on elimination of visa requirements for persons holding diplomatic and service/official passports.
Azerbaijani Minister of Taxes Fazil Mammadov and Foreign Minister Vuk Yeremic of Serbia signed a convention between the Governments of Azerbaijan and Serbia on elimination of double taxation with respect to property and incomes.
Interior Minister of Azerbaijan Ramil Usubov and First Deputy Premier, Interior Minister of Serbia Ivica Dacic signed a cooperation agreement between the Governments of Azerbaijan and Serbia on combat against criminality.
Azerbaijani Minister of Economic Development Shahin Mustafayev and Serbia`s Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy and Regional Development Mladan Dinkic signed an agreement between the Governments of Azerbaijan and Serbia on trade and economic cooperation
Presidents of Azerbaijan and Serbia make media statement
On May 12, 2010 following the ceremony of signing of documents, Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Boris Tadic of Serbia have made statement for the media outlets.
Presidents of Azerbaijan and Serbia meet in private
On May 12, 2010 following the welcoming ceremony, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Serbia Boris Tadić met in private here.
The heads of state focused on the questions related to expansion of bilateral relations in versatile fields, including economic ties. Parties underlined good potential to boost up the relations in the years to come.
The current visit is of certain importance from the standpoint of expansion of the bilateral ties, the heads of state emphasized. They also shared views on numerous issues related to regional and international questions.
Azerbaijani, Serbian presidents meet in presence of delegations
On May 12, 2010 After their private meeting, Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Boris Tadic of Serbia have been joined by the two countries` delegations for wider talks.
President Ilham Aliyev said:
“Esteemed Mr. President,
Once again I welcome you to our country. Yesterday and today we had good discussions on our bilateral relations which are successfully developing. And I believe your visit will be a right and important step that will contribute to developing and expanding our relations, which cover a number of spheres.
We enjoy very strong political relations. I believe our economic relations will develop in line with this strategic course. Relations with Serbia are very important to us. I`m confident our strong bilateral relations will also open up good opportunities for cooperation between the Balkan and Caucasian regions, and we will move forward.
Your trip is a first official visit by a Slovenian president to Azerbaijan. We highly praise it, thank you for accepting our invitation.
I believe discussions which we`ve had today and documents to be signed will lay solid foundations for long-term strategic relations between our countries.
Once again I welcome you to Azerbaijan. I believe you will be satisfied with your visit.”
President Boris Tadic said:
“Thank you, Mr. President. It is a great honor for me to be here. As you`ve mentioned it is a first visit by a Serbian president to your country. This means we`re writing history. I believe we will continue our relations as real friends. I see a lot of similarities in the Balkans and Caucasus – the regions we live in, the regions which are developing. And, so we face similar challenges.
We`re very interested in developing our bilateral relations. And, at the same time, we are carrying out discussions on how to solve problems and challenges our countries are facing.
While here in Baku, Azerbaijan, I`ve witnessed a number of similarities. First, there are some which bind our peoples and countries together. I`m sure you will make sure of it when you pay a visit to our country.
Mr. President, I think, we share common interests concerning the protection of our territorial integrity. We`ve conducted an exchange of opinion, and we consider this kind of issues very principal.
Serbia supports territorial integrity of all world countries. And on this issue, you can rely upon us.”
Serbian president Boris Tadic officially welcomed in Azerbaijan
On May 12, 2010 President of the Republic of Serbia Boris Tadic who is on an official visit in Azerbaijan has today been given an official welcome. A ceremonial guard of honor was lined up at the square decorated with the national flags of Azerbaijan and Serbia. The Serbian leader was welcomed here by Azerbaijan`s President Ilham Aliyev. The two presidents inspected the guard of honor as a military orchestra played the national anthems of Azerbaijan and Serbia. Azerbaijani officials were introduced to Boris Tadic, while members of the Serbian delegation to President Ilham Aliyev.
The Presidents then posed for photographs.