Interview of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland Elin Suleymanov with APA.
-From the USA where the Armenian lobby is strong, you have been appointed as ambassador to Britain which is considered as a friend to Azerbaijan. How do you evaluate an environment here?
-Today Armenian lobby in the world always works against Azerbaijan, Turkey, but actually against the future of Armenia and continues to try. Because they think more of their political interests than the future of their people. Such persons are everywhere, in the US, and also here. However, the attitude to Azerbaijan in the world has completely changed. The Azerbaijani people are victorious people. Azerbaijan is a nation capable of receiving its rights, and this nation has justified itself in the eyes of the whole world. Therefore, in general, the attitude to Azerbaijan in the world has completely changed and is continuing to change. It is a great achievement of the Azerbaijani people and the Supreme Commander-in-Chief.
- Mr. Ambassador, what can you say about the current situation of relations between Azerbaijan and Great Britain?
-Relations between the two countries are at a high level. Great Britain is one of the strategic partners of Azerbaijan in Europe and the world. Britain's participation in the demining projects, as well as allocation of half a million-pound sterling in this direction recently show that our relations are really many-branched, reliable and have developed enough.
- BP, one of the largest British companies, has been operating in Azerbaijan for many years. At present, Britain is the largest foreign investor of Azerbaijan. However, this mainly applies to the oil and gas sector. Do you consider it is useful to involve more British companies and non-oil organizations in the process of Karabakh's reconstruction and the activity of opening regional communications?
- I think that the involvement of Britain in demining projects on our liberated territories is very important. The activities of the British Council in Azerbaijan are also commendable. The launch of new alternative energy projects in the Jabrayil and Zangilan regions by the British company BP is also very important. As you know, a crucial agreement regarding this was signed in June. We would like to see an increase in British investment in the liberated territories, and I think we will. In addition, cooperation with Britain in the field of education is very useful. As a country, we wanted the establishment of lasting peace in our region. Britain's support for peace, independence and sovereignty of Azerbaijan and other countries is crucial.