Azerbaijan country brief

Key engagement

Warm bilateral relations and parliamentary contacts.

Bilateral relations

Australia established diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan in 1992. We share a friendly bilateral relationship, and engage on issues of mutual interest in international organisations, such as the Asian Development Bank. In recent years, Australia and Azerbaijan have welcomed visits by delegations from respective parliaments.

Australian companies provide services supporting the oil and gas sector in Azerbaijan. In recent years, Azerbaijan’s sovereign wealth fund has made large investments in Australia.

Economic and trade information is available in the Azerabaijan Country Fact Sheet.

Foreign policy

Azerbaijan’s foreign policy is dominated by its conflict with Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan pursues its interests actively though participation in international organisations. It is a partner with NATO, and a participant in the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, but also a leader in the non-aligned movement. Azerbaijan is involved in the EU’s Eastern Partnership.

Azerbaijan, with four other countries that border the Caspian Sea, signed an agreement in August 2018 to divide access to the sea-floor (and hence resources) equally between the five signatories.

More information is available at: Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Australia’s foreign policy is guided by the Foreign Policy White Paper.

Fast Facts

  • Azerbaijani visitors to Australia (2018) — 500
  • Australian visitors to Azerbaijan (2017) — 800
  • Resident Australian population born in Azerbaijan (2016 census) — 526
  • Australian residents of Azerbaijani descent (2016 census) — 1,036

High level engagement

  • 2017 — Then-Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, visited Baku
  • 2012 — Azerbaijan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Khalaf Khalafov, visited Australia

Australian Embassy in Turkey

Uğur Mumcu Caddesi No: 88,  Level 7
Gaziosmanpaşa 06700, Ankara
Tel: +90 312 459 9500
General: ankara.embassy@dfat.gov.au
Facebook: Australia in Turkey
Twitter: @AusAmbTurkey
Last Updated: 8 March 2019