Today I will visit Azerbaijan to celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries. This will be the first visit by an Australian Minister to the country.

Australia recognised Azerbaijan's independence on 21 December 1991, and established diplomatic relations in June 1992. Australia is building on previous parliamentary exchanges and a reception marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Azerbaijan will be held at Parliament House in Canberra on 13 June.

Australia has been a strong and consistent supporter of Azerbaijan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

I recently met in Sydney with the Honorary Consul for Azerbaijan, Ms Aydan Rzaeva and Mr Eljan Habibzade, Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and we look forward to developing stronger diplomatic ties in the future.

During my visit, I will discuss bilateral opportunities in trade and investment including agriculture, education and resources and energy.

Azerbaijan is also looking to Australia for collaboration in diversifying energy sources including renewables given Azerbaijan's high dependence on oil.

Australia’s most prominent commercial undertaking with Azerbaijan is the multi-billion dollar WorleyParsons project management contract for the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline. I will meet members of the Australian community in Azerbaijan who work on a range of infrastructure projects in the country.

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