Republic of Slovenia

Slovenia recognized the independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan on December 27, 1991, and diplomatic relations were established between the two countries on February 20, 1996.

The Azerbaijani- Slovenia Inter-parliamentary Working Group is functioning in the Milli Majlis (Parliament) of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Slovenia – Azerbaijan Inter-parliamentary Working group is functioning in the Parliament of Slovenia. Both groups play an important role in expanding inter-parliamentary relations.

On December 22, 2014 and January 20, 2016, the Slovenian Parliament adopted two documents on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. The documents support the peaceful settlement of the conflict on the basis of relevant UN Security Council resolutions, demanding the immediate withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and the safe return of internally displaced persons to their homes.

The documents also noted that ethnic cleansing, massacres and mass killings of civilians should be strongly condemned, and in this respect, the massacre committed by the Armenian armed forces on 26 February 1992 in Khojaly was reaffirmed as a crime against humanity.

In 2014, the Azerbaijan-Slovenia Joint Working Group was established.

 

High-level visits

Visits of H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Slovenia: 27-29 August 2006, 9-10 June 2011;

Visit of the President of the Republic of Slovenia H.E. Mr. Danilo Turk: 9-10 November 2009;

Visit of the Chairman of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia H.E. Alojz Kovšca - 25-26 October 2018 (to attend the 6th Baku International Humanitarian Forum);

Visit of the Chairman of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia H.E. Mitja Bervar - March 2-5, 2015;

Visit of Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Janez Janša - January 15-16, 2013.

 

Visits of the ministers

April 19-20, 2002 – Official visit of Mr. D. Rupel, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Slovenia;

April 1-2, 2005 - Official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Slovenia Mr. D. Rupel as OSCE Chairman;

September 5, 2005–Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Slovenia Mr. D. Rupel as OSCE Chairman;

December 5-6, 2005 - Working visit of Mr. E.Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

April 17-18, 2008 - Official visit of Mr. E.Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

November 6-7, 2009 - Visit of the delegation headed by Mr. A.Garayev, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Slovenia to participate in the conference on "Restoration of our common European heritage" in Ljubljana;

April 7-9, 2011 - Visit of the Minister of Culture of Slovenia Mrs. M. Shirtsa and Mayor Matey Arcon of Nova Gorica to attend the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku;

September 26-30, 2011 – Head of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mrs. Hijran Huseynova's visit to Slovenia;

September 18-20, 2012 – The official visit of the delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, Minister of Economic Development and Technology Mr. Radovan Jeryav to Azerbaijan;

August 28-30, 2013 – Visit of Minister of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Roman Jakic, Minister of Economic Development and Technology Mr. Stanko Stepishnik and Mayor of Ljubljana Mr. Zoran Yankovich to Azerbaijan;

March 12-14, 2015 - Official visit of the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Zakir Hasanov to the Republic of Slovenia.

 

Humanitarian Cooperation

With the support of the state of Azerbaijan, in the town of Shpas in Nova Gorica region, the brave son of Azerbaijan, the hero of the Soviet Union and Slovenia Mehdi Huseynzadeh’s bust was erected in 2007, and in 2011 a memorial museum was opened.

Also, a memorial plaque dedicated to victims of the Khojaly genocide was erected at the Dobrava Memorial Park Complex on May 31, 2018 in Maribor, Slovenia.

 

Treaty and Legal basis

12 documents have been signed between the two countries.

 

Trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Slovenia (in USD thousands)

Year

Imports

Exports

Trade turnover

Balance

2014

8646.5

13.2

8659.7

-8633.3

2015

14556

9429.9

23985.9

-5126.1

2016

14098.2

4172.5

18270.7

-9925.7

2017

17587.5

5274.4

22861.9

-12313.1

2018

15375.47

8332.38

23707.85

-7043.09

Imports from Slovenia to the Republic of Azerbaijan: medicines, various equipment and so forth.

Exports from the Republic of Azerbaijan to Slovenia: oil products and the like.

 

The main agreements signed in the economic field

“Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Economic Development of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Slovenia”. Baku, November 9, 2009;

“Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of industry and energy between the Ministry of Industry and Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Slovenia.” Baku, November 9, 2009.

“Convention between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and property and the prevention of tax evasion.” Ljubljana, June 9, 2011.