The three decades of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan have strengthened the countries, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Friday, marking the 30th anniversary of the resumption of relations between Ankara and Baku.
“Today we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the restoration of our diplomatic relations with friend and brother Azerbaijan,” the ministry said in a written statement, noting that Azerbaijan has declared its goal to “become a member of the international community enjoying equal rights” on October 29, 1991. The date coincided with the 68th anniversary of the Turkish Republic, providing “twice the reason to celebrate that day”, he added.
The statement explains that Turkey quickly recognized Azerbaijan, becoming the first state to establish diplomatic relations with the country after its independence with a signed protocol to revive relations.
“Over the past three decades, Turkey has stood by friend and brother Azerbaijan in good times and in bad times, showing it once again by rejoicing immensely when the valiant Azerbaijani Armed Forces liberated territories occupied during the 44-day long patriotic war,” the statement said. noted, referring to the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in which Azerbaijan liberated swaths of its territory from Armenia.
Turkey-Azerbaijan relations were elevated to alliance level with the signing of the Shusha Declaration on June 15, 2021, the ministry noted, adding that the motivation that shapes relations between the two countries will remain. Drawing particular attention to two crucial leaders in the history of the countries, the ministry said that the approach matches the statements of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, who said that “Azerbaijan’s joy is our joy, and his sorrow is our sorrow”. and Haydar Aliyev, national leader of Azerbaijan, who spoke of “one nation, two states”.
“After three decades, today there is a much stronger Turkey and a much stronger Azerbaijan, whose brotherhood and close cooperation are also the assurance of peace and stability in their common region,” he said. he added.
“Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the restoration of our diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan, we look to the future with confidence and reiterate our determination to cooperate for common welfare and development.”
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, on the occasion of 30 years, sent a message to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, saying: “The people of Azerbaijan will never forget the moral support and solidarity shown by you, the Republic of Turkey and the brotherly Turkish people from the first hours to the last minutes of the 44-day Patriotic War.
Aliyev said he was proud of the great development of Azerbaijani-Turkish relations in the recent period, and they once again confirmed their commitment to the spirit of “one nation, two states”.
“We welcome the mutually beneficial cooperation of our brotherly countries in political, economic, trade, cultural, energy, military, technological and other fields, as well as fruitful cooperation in international organizations. The huge energy, transportation and infrastructure projects we have completed are the true manifestation of our joint ventures and joint efforts.
Relations reached new heights with the signing of the Shusha Declaration last year, which was ratified to enhance cooperation and promote stability in the region following the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The Shusha Declaration emphasizes defense cooperation, promoting stability and prosperity in the region, and establishing new transportation routes.
The statement affirms the joint efforts of the two armies in the face of foreign threats. It also promises joint efforts for the restructuring and modernization of their armed forces.
In addition, he defined the borders of the two countries taking into account the Kars agreement of 1921.
It came after clashes erupted in September 2020 between the former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan when the Armenian military launched attacks on Azerbaijani civilians and forces and violated several ceasefire agreements. humanitarian fire. Turkey has firmly supported Azerbaijan in its fight.
During the 44-day conflict, which ended with a truce on November 10, Azerbaijan liberated several towns and nearly 300 settlements and villages in Nagorno-Karabakh from an occupation lasting almost three decades.