RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jehon Bermov celebrated 30 years of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan on Tuesday, Saudi Press Agency reported.
A ceremony was held at the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baku.
In his opening speech at the ceremony, Bermov announced his country’s support for the Kingdom’s candidacy to host Expo 2030 in Riyadh.
Furthermore, he praised the Kingdom’s historical support for Azerbaijan and added that his country’s leadership is eager to develop the relationship.
In turn, Prince Faisal emphasized that the two countries’ relations had been built on firm grounds since Azerbaijan’s independence in 1992, noting that Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to recognize Azerbaijan after its independence.
Prince Faisal emphasized numerous areas in which the Kingdom and Azerbaijan have collaborated, most notably in the energy sector. These include the signing of a memorandum of understanding in 2022 to cover electricity generation in the Caspian Sea, as well as Saudi Arabia’s $300 million investment in the Absheron-Khizi wind power plant, which seeks to produce 240 megawatts of electric power.
The Saudi foreign minister also emphasized the country’s ongoing cooperation within the framework of international institutions, particularly the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, UN, OPEC and OPEC Plus.