Political relations

Bilateral relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Albania

1992

4 January 1992 – Recognition of the State Independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Republic of Albania.

1993

23 September 1993 – Establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

2002

29-30 April 2002 – Visit of Mr. L.Noushin, Mayor of Tirana, to Azerbaijan to take part at the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization Union of Capitals meeting.

24-26 October 2002 – Visit of Mr. Vilayat Quliyev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to Albania to join the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting. During the visit a Bilateral Protocol on Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs was signed.

2004

15-17 April 2004 – Visit of Mr.Eduard Andoni, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Albania, to Azerbaijan to participate in the meeting of Ministers of Education of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization Member States. Following the meeting H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, received the Heads of Delegations.

30 April 2004 – Mr. Dumi Dervish, the Head of General Directorate of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania and Mr. Jonuz Begaj, the Ambassador of Albania to Turkey, participated in the meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization Member States. Following the meeting H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of Republic of Azerbaijan, received the representatives of the Albanian Delegation.

22 October 2004 – Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, addressed a letter to Mr. Kastriot Islami, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, with a request to support the inclusion of the issue on situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan into the 59th UN GA meeting agenda. During the voting Albania supported the proposal of Azerbaijan.

2005

16 May 2005 – H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of Republic of Azerbaijan, met with Mr. Alfred Moisiu, the President of Albania, during the meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe Member States, held in Warsaw. During the meeting the Presidents also agreed to increase the number of bilateral visits.

2006

19-21 June 2006 – Visit of Mr. Florent Celiku, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, to Azerbaijan to participate at the 33rd Session of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

2007

25-26 June 2007 – H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, met with H.E. Mr. Sali Berisa, President of the Republic of Albania, in the framework of the 15th Summit of Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization held in Istanbul, Turkey.

27 September 2007 – Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, met with Mr. Lulzim Basha, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania, during his visit to New York to participate in the UN GA meeting.

2009

29 January 2009 – H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, met with H.E. Mr. Sali Berisa, President of the Republic of Albania, in the framework of the Davos Economic Forum.

2010

29 June 2010 – Albanian Delegation led by Ms. Jozefina Çoba Topalli, Chairwoman of the Parliament of the Republic of Albania, paid a visit to Azerbaijan and was received by H. E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. During the visit she also met with Mr. Oqtay Asadov, Chairman of Parliament, and other high-ranking officials.

2011

10-11 March 2011 – Mr. Edmond Hacinasto, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, visited Azerbaijan and met with Mr. Artur Rasi-zadeh, Prime Minister, Mr. Oqtay Asadov, Chairman of Parliament, Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Rovnag Abdullayev, President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan. During the visit an agreement on abolishing visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and service passports was signed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both countries.

30 March 2011 – Ambassador Rahman Mustafayev presented his Credentials to H.E. Mr. Bamir Topi, the President of the Republic of Albania.

2012

9-10 February 2012 – Official visit of H.E. Mr. Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, to the Republic of Azerbaijan. During the visit Mr. Berisha met with H. E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Artur Rasi-zadeh, Prime Minister, and Mr. Oqtay Asadov, Chairman of Parliament. During the visit the followings documents were signed:

  • Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania for the promotion and reciprocal protection of investments, ;
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Industry and Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy of the Republic of Albania on cooperation in the field of industry and energy.

19-20 Aprel – Visit of Mr. Genc Ruli, Minister of Agriculture, Food and
Consumer Protection of Albania, to Azerbaijan to take part at the
28th European Regional Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. During the visit Mr. Ruli also met with Mr. Ismat Abasov, Minister of Agriculture of Azerbaijan.

7-8 June 2012 – Visit of experts from “Azerenerji” JSC to Albania to study investment opportunities in the field of production of electric energy. During the visit experts had meetings at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy, Albanian Investment Agency and in different energy production companies. They also joined to International Conference on Investment opportunities in Albania.

26 June 2012 – Bilateral meeting between H. E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and H.E. Mr. Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, in the framework of the BSEC Summit Meeting held in Istanbul.

28 June – 1 July 2012 – Visit of Mr. Ridvan Bode, Minister of Finance of Albania, to Azerbaijan to take part at the “Crans Montana Forum”. During the visit he also met with Mr. Elshad Nasirov, Vice-President of State Oil Company of Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).

13  July 2012 – Joint visit of H.E. Mr. Rahman Mustafayev, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Albania, and Mr. Alasdair Cook, Vice-President of Shah Denis Consortium, to Albania to meet H.E. Mr. Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Edmond Haxhinasto, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy, and Mr. Edmond Panariti, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to discuss the issues related to the implementation of Southern Gas Corridor projects.

2-3 August  2012 – Visit of Mr. Murad Heydarov, Adviser of SOCAR, to Albania to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues regarding cooperation in the field of energy. During the visit he had meetings at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy and took part at the seminar on gasification of Albania organized by TAP Office in Tirana.

16-19 September 2012  – Official visit of Mr. Oqtay Asadov, Chairman of Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to the Republic of Albania. During the visit Mr. Asadov had meetings with H.E. Buyar Nishani, President of Albania, Mr. Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of Albania, Mrs. Jozefina Topalli, Speaker of the Parliament, Mr. Edmond Haxhinasto, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy and Mr. Edmond Panariti, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

3-7 October 2012 -Visit of Mrs. Bahar Muradova, Deputy Chairperson of Parliament of Azerbaijan, to Albania to take part at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Fall Sessions. During the visit she met with Mrs. Jozefina Topalli, Speaker of the Parliament, Mr. Nasip Naco, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament and Chair of Albanian-Azerbaijani Interparliamentary Friendship Group, and Mr. Selim Belortaja, Deputy Foreign Minister.

 4-5 October 2012 – Visit of Mr. A.Zheji, Albanian State Telegraph Agency, and Mr. P.Misha, Director of the Institute on Dialogue and Communication, to Azerbaijan to take part at the II Baku International Humanitarian Forum.

6-7 November 2012  – Official visit of Mr. Shahin Mustafayev, Minister of Economic Development of Azerbaijan, to Albania. During the visit he met with H.E. Mr. Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Edmond Haxhinasto, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy, Mr.Ridvan Bode, Minister of Finance, Mr. Sokol Olldashi, Minister on Public Affairs and Transport, and Mr. Lulzim Basha, Mayor of Tirana. In the framework of the visit presentations were made on economic development and investment potential in both countries. On the 6th of November Mr. Mustafayev also visited Ports of Durres and Porto Romano.

 6-9 November 2012  – Visit of Mr. Genc Pollo, Minister for Innovation, Information and Communication Technology of Albania, to Azerbaijan to take part at the Seventh Annual Internet Governance Forum Meeting held in Baku.

13 November 2012 – Visit of the Delegation of SOCAR headed by Mr. Kamal Abbasov, Manager, Department of Gas Exports of SOCAR, to Albania to take part at the “Albanian Gas Market Development Symposium – Opportunities for Albanian Gasification”.