Northern Ireland Assembly discusses relations with Azerbaijan

Northern Ireland Assembly discusses relations with Azerbaijan
# 30 January 2013 14:11 (UTC +04:00)

TEAS told APA that following an introduction by Michael Copeland MLA, who facilitated the meeting, H.E. Ambassador Fakhraddin Gurbanov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to the UK, said: “Azerbaijan only gained its independence from the Soviet Union 22 years ago this year, and was one of the first former Soviet republics to declare its independence. Our economy is quickly developing, thanks to our natural resources, but we are also looking for further investment in the non-oil sector. I look forward to the growth of bilateral relations between our countries.”

Peter Robinson, First Minister, Northern Ireland, continued: “Northern Ireland has been in a state of conflict for centuries, but we are now working hard to develop a peaceful, stable society. Issues of identity are an issue, and I am certain that our Azerbaijani friends can empathise with this. Despite this, investment has increased, and we now have more prosperity than before. We have very low taxation, and a considerable level of change is happening on the ground. We look forward to future reciprocal visits.”

Local businessman Michael Doran, Executive Director, Action Renewables, focused on his personal experiences in Azerbaijan: “I have worked in Baku and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (NAR). I undertook training of the local population, and discovered that the local population was bright, hardworking and inspiring.”

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