Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Azerbaijan)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Respublikasının Xarici İşlər Nazirliyi) is a Cabinet-level governmental agency in Azerbaijan Republic in charge of conducting and designing Azerbaijani Foreign policy.
|Azərbaycan Respublikasının Xarici İşlər Nazirliyi|
Coat of arms of Azerbaijan
|Formed||May 28, 1918|
|Headquarters||Shixali Qurbanov st. 4, Baku, Azerbaijan Republic 1009|
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan was established in 1918, during the first Republic of Azerbaijan. In that period, Azerbaijan gained international recognition and built diplomatic relations with several countries. During the years of 1918-1920 there were operated representatives in Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Turkistan, Mountainous republic and operated embassy and authorized representative offices, respectively in Iran and under Kuban and Don government. Azerbaijan had authorized representative office in Paris Peace Conference under the leadership of Alimardan Topchubashov.
After the Bolsheviks occupied Azerbaijan in April, 1920, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was abolished and was replaced by Azerbaijan SSR People's Foreign Affairs Commissariat (PFAC). People's Foreign Affairs Commissariat, even if it did not have so serious authorities, implemented certain bilateral ties in foreign countries in 1920-1922, including Turkey, where Azerbaijan SSR had its own ambassador, Ibrahim Abilov. People's Foreign Affairs Commissioners of Azerbaijan were Nariman Narimanov and Mirza Davud Huseynov. But PFAC was abolished with incorporation of Azerbaijan SSR into Transcaucasian SFSR.
Towards the end of World War II, in 1944 the Soviet government restored Azerbaijan SSR PFAC. In 1946 PFAC was changed to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). But MFA still had not serious authorities. The last Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan SSR was Huseynaga Sadigov who led MFA as well during seven months of independent Azerbaijan Republic.
After Azerbaijan gained its independence, MFA has transformed into a complex Cabinet-level agency, in charge of designing and conducting Azerbaijani foreign policy.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is operated in accordance with the Azerbaijani constitution, legislation, regulations, decrees and the main missions are:
- İmplementation of the foreign policy of Azerbaijan
- Support for protection of international peace and security through the diplomatic way
- Providing sovereignty, security, territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and its political, economic interests throughout the diplomatic way
- Protection of rights and interests of Azerbaijanis and legal entities abroad
- Ensuring diplomatic and consular relations of Azerbaijan with other states and international organizations
- Providing the state protocol of Azerbaijan
- Diplomatic support and coordination of international, political, economic, scientific, technical, cultural and humanitarian relations of Azerbaijan and its separate state bodies
Structure and organizationEdit
- Minister - H.E. Elmar Mammadyarov
- Office of the Minister
- Ambassadors at Large
- Department of State Protocol
- Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA)
- Department of Consular Affairs
- Secretariat of the UNESCO National Commission of Azerbaijan
- Translation Section
- Information Technologies Section
- Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic
- According to the decree of the president of Azerbaijan, on 31 October 2005 the department was established in order to provide foreign policy of Azerbaijan by the participation of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
- Deputy Minister Hafiz Pashayev
- Diplomatic Academy of MFA
- Deputy Minister Araz Azimov (multilateral and security affairs)
- Department of Security Affairs
- Department of Foreign Policy Planning and Strategic Studies
- Deputy Minister Khalaf Khalafov (bilateral and legal affairs)
- First (West) Territorial Department
- Second (East) Territorial Department
- Department of International Law and Treaties
- Deputy Minister Mahmud Mammed-Guliyev (economic and humanitarian affairs)
- Department of Economic Cooperation and Development
- Department of Human Rights, Democratization and Humanitarian Affairs
- Deputy Minister Nadir Huseynov (general affairs)
- General Secretariat
- Department of Press and Information Policy
- Department of Human Resources
- Department of Finance Department of Administrative Affairs
Day of the Diplomatic Service, also known as Diplomacy Day, is an official professional holiday in Azerbaijan. Since 2017, according to the Ilham Aliyev's order on the establishment of a professional holiday for employees of the diplomatic services of Azerbaijan, it is celebrated on July 9 each year. 
Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) was launched in 2006 in order to prepare global leaders and politicians. In 2014 by the decree of president turned into university.
Azerbaijani representation abroadEdit
In order to increase its diplomatic missions abroad government initiated to apply the relating strategy in the mid of 2000. At present Ministry of foreign affairs maintains the following missions abroad:
- 71 diplomatic representations
- 5 representatives at international organizations
- 8 consulates
- 3 honorary consulates
- 2 embassies’ representations 
Furthermore, ministry of foreign affairs cooperates both with a number of international and regional organizations. The main relations is maintained with Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), Commonwealth Independent States (CIS), GUAM, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), UNESCO, Council of Europe, TURKPA, Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States.
List of ministersEdit
Azerbaijan Democratic Republic
|Mammadhasan Hajinsky||28 May – 6 October 1918|
|Alimardan Topchubashov||6 October - 26 December 1918|
|Fatali Khan Khoysky||26 December 1918 – 14 April 1919|
|Mammadyusif Jafarov||14 April – 12 December 1919|
Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic
|Nariman Narimanov||April,1920 – May, 1921|
|Mirza Huseynov||May – December, 1921|
|Mahmud Aliyev||1944 – 1958|
|Tahira Tahirova||1959 – 1983|
|Elmira Gafarova||1983 – 1987|
|Huseynaga Sadiqov||23 January 1988 – 29 May 1992|
Republic of Azerbaijan
|Tofiq Gasimov||4 July 1992 – 26 June 1993|
|Hasan Hasanov||2 September 1993 – 16 February 1998|
|Tofig Zulfugarov||5 Mart, 1998 – 26 October 1999|
|Vilayet Guliyev||26 October 1999 – 2 April 2004|
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- "Decree of the president of Azerbaijan about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs" (PDF).
- User, Super. "DMFA - ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT". dmfa.nakhchivan.az. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
- FS. "Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan: "New priorities ahead of our Diplomacy: From the historical heritage to the future"". mfa.gov.az. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
- "About ADA". www.ada.edu.az. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
- "Bilateral Relations".
- "Azərbaycan :: Baş səhifə". www.azerbaijans.com (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 2018-03-20.
- "Co-operation with international organizations".
- Official website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan (in Azerbaijani) (in English)