Azerbaijan–Palestine relations

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Azerbaijan-Palestine relations
Map indicating locations of Azerbaijan and Palestine



The relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the State of Palestine were established in 1992 with both nations recognizing each other. Palestine has an embassy in Baku, while Azerbaijan does not have an embassy in Palestine.


The official diplomatic relations between the two countries began on 15 April 1992 with non-resident representation of Palestine in Azerbaijan until the opening of the Embassy of the State of Palestine in the Azerbaijani capital Baku officially by President Mahmoud Abbas on 29 June 2011.[1]

Since its independence, Azerbaijan has been steadfast in supporting the Palestinian cause in all international forums, where it has always voted positively in favor of resolutions concerning Palestine. Despite this, Azerbaijan maintains a decent relationship with Israel as well, with Azerbaijan manages to keep the two relationships in a fair level.

In 2009, during a visit to Azerbaijan, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki said that both countries try to restore their territorial integrity, so they must cooperate closely within international organizations.[2]

In April 2018, Riyad al-Maliki visited Azerbaijan and said that the Palestinian state and its people support Azerbaijan's fair position in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its settlement within the international law.[3]

Azerbaijan hosted the meeting of ambassadors of the State of Palestine in the Asian countries on 5 November 2018.[4]


Azerbaijani stamp

Many Palestinian students study in Azerbaijani universities.[5]

Country comparison[edit]

 Azerbaijan  Palestine
Coat of Arms Emblem of Azerbaijan.svg Coat of arms of Palestine.svg
Flag Azerbaijan State of Palestine
Population 10,000,000 4,816,503
Area 86,600 km2 (33,400 sq mi) 6,020 km2 (2,320 sq mi)
Population density 113/km2 (292/sq mi) 731/km2 (1,893/sq mi)
Capital Baku Jerusalem (Proclaimed)
Ramallah (Administrative center)
Largest city Baku – 2,374,000 (4,308,740 Metro) Gaza City – 515,556
Government Unitary dominant-party semi-presidential republic Unitary semi-presidential republic
First Leader Ayaz Mutallibov Yasser Arafat
Current Leader Ilham Aliyev Mahmoud Abbas
Official languages Azerbaijani Arabic
Main religions 97.4% Islam, 1.1% Christianity, 1.0% non-religious, 0.5% other 93% Islam, 6% Christianity, 1% Druze/Samaritans
Ethnic groups 91.6% Azerbaijanis, 1.3% Armenians, 2.2% Lezgins 1.3% Russians, 1.2% Talysh 83% Palestinian, 17% Israeli Jewish and other
GDP (nominal) $39.207 billion n/a
Military expenditures $1.529 billion n/a

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Palestine`s embassy opens in Baku". 29 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Palestine attaches importance to deepening co-op with Azerbaijan - minister". 7 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Baku hosts conference of ambassadors of State of Palestine accredited to Asian countries". 5 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Riyad al-Maliki: Palestine, Azerbaijan share deep bond of friendship". 19 April 2017.

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