MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MALAYSIA
EMBASSY OF MALAYSIA BAKU, AZERBAIJAN
Malaysia and Azerbaijan established its diplomatic relations on 5th April 1993 with the aim of strengthening its political, economic and socio-cultural links. However, diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan was conducted through the Embassy of Malaysia in Ankara, Turkey, that was concurrently accredited to Azerbaijan.
The impetus to further strengthen bilateral relations between Malaysia and Azerbaijan came during the Honourable Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, the Foreign Minister of Malaysia’s inaugural visit to Baku on 10-11 June 2013, of which the Hon. Minister carried with him the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia’s mandate that Malaysia should open an Embassy in Baku expeditiously. This directive was earnestly conveyed to the Honourable Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov and the Honourable Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Mr. Artur Rasizade, respectively. Following that notable visit of the Foreign Minister, Malaysia sent a nucleus team of two officers and set up a temporary office on 1 April 2014, in the Hyatt Hotel and later on moved to the existing Chancery in the Narimanov District of Baku in September 2014.
With the appointment of a resident Ambassador in September 2014, Malaysia signalled its intention to strengthen and further lead its bilateral relations to greater heights. The first resident Malaysian envoy, H.E. Ambassador Dato’ Roslan Bin Tan Sri Abdul Rahman, arrived on 8 September to assume his duties. In recognising the importance of strengthening and further strengthening bilateral relations, President Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev of Azerbaijan, immediately received and accepted the Letter of Credence from H.E. Ambassador Roslan on 9 September 2014.
At the invitation of the Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, the Hon. Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak made his first official visit to Azerbaijan on 11-12 September 2014. The visit paved the way for closer cooperation between the two countries in areas of mutual interest, namely trade and investment. Having made it an historical visit as the first Prime Minister of Malaysia to visit Azerbaijan, the Hon. Prime Minister stated at the end of his visit:
“This is my first visit to Azerbaijan. From the first minutes after getting off the plane, I was very impressed. I admired not only the development, but also its quality. Your views (referring to President Ilham Aliyev) on the future made an impression on me. Naturally, after returning to my country, I will advise compatriots to visit Azerbaijan.
...We are a country that stands for truth and justice. Therefore, we defend the position of Azerbaijan everywhere, in particular on the issue of territorial integrity. We will continue to demonstrate a strong stand. Truth and justice are on your side, we will always be there for you.
...I can say that the energy, oil and gas sector will be in the spotlight. As you know, Malaysia…[has] extensive experience in this area. At the same time we have a lot of experience not only in the oil and gas sector, but also on the issue of rehabilitation of oil and gas blocks that have already been decommissioned.
… I can assure you that Malaysia will be a reliable partner for Azerbaijan. I mean all areas and I am confident that we will do everything possible to leave a valuable legacy for future generations.”
Excerpts of what the Hon. Prime Minister of Malaysia had stated at the end of his official visit, provide the imminent impetus to furthering and strengthening of bilateral relations between Malaysia and Azerbaijan. The establishment of the Embassy in Baku in itself is testament to that. It has helped to increase contacts between both capitals, where official visits and business delegations have begun to see an increase over the past few months. Embassy of MalaysiaBaku, AzerbaijanSeptember 2014