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H.E. Ramzi Teymurov, Azerbaijan ambassador to Seoul, right, speaks during an interview with the Korea News Plus at his office in downtown Seoul ahead of the 2021 Azerbaijan Republic Day, which falls on May 28. Korea News Plus photo

Azerbaijan, Korea to celebrate 30th anniversary of diplomatic tie

Azerbaijan gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and the Caucasus country set up a diplomatic relationship with South Korea the next year.

Over the past three decades, the two countries strengthened their ties thanks in no small part to the efforts of diplomats, including H.E. Ramzi Teymurov, Azerbaijan ambassador to Seoul.

Ahead of the 2021 Azerbaijan Republic Day on May 28, Teymurov said that the two nations are required to further beef up the relationship down the road.

“Given the existing potential of bilateral cooperation, we should not be satisfied with the achievements we have made so far. We must work together to deepen our cooperation,” Teymurov told the Korea News Plus.

“I am confident that the relations between Azerbaijan and Korea, built on solid foundations of the historical, cultural, and linguistic similarities of our peoples, will further develop and bring us closer together, despite the long geographical distance between our countries.”

The two countries also strengthened bilateral cooperation in trades and economy over the past several years.

“Azerbaijan and Korea have strong mutual economic and business relations, and those relations have achieved a larger scope and a higher level in recent years between our two countries,” he said.

“Pleasingly, an increasing number of Korean public and private companies get involved in several projects in the Republic of Azerbaijan.”

Indeed, quite a few Korean companies tapped into the Azerbaijan market, including Samsung Engineering, Heerim Architects & Planners Company, and Halla Engineering & Construction.

Samsung Engineering is building the Sumgait carbamide plant of Azerbaijan’s energy giant SOCAR. The project’s total cost amounts to 750 million euros.

Teymurov, who first came to Korea in 2013 to stay here over the past eight years, invited Korean people to his country once the virus pandemic is gone.

He said that Azerbaijan has rich historical, cultural, and natural heritage.

“In 2019 alone, more than 9,000 Korean citizens visited Azerbaijan, and we are expecting the above-mentioned number will be doubled in the years to come,” he said.

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