Getting to Know Azerbaijan
Jointly Organised by: IAIS Malaysia and Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Kuala Lumpur.
- H. E. Tahir Karimov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Malaysia
- Mr. Samir Abdurahimov, Third Secretary, Azerbaijan Embassy, Kuala Lumpur
- Ms Leyla Atayeva, Third Secretary, Azerbaijan Embassy, Kuala Lumpur
Chairperson : Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar, Deputy CEO, IAIS Malaysia
Tahir Karimov is currently Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Malaysia. He studied at Texas University in Austin at the School of Business Administration and later at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Prior to his appointment in Malaysia he has served as an expert at the Foreign Relations Department at the Office of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and also as a Political Counselor at the Azerbaijan Embassy in the United States.
Ms Leyla Atayeva, currently a Third Secretary (humanitarian affairs) at the Azerbaijan Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, received her education at the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. She was formerly an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Azerbaijan in the Southeast Asian Department.
The speakers included H. E. Tahir Karimov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Malaysia, Mr. Samir Abdurahimov and Ms Leyla Atayeva, Secretaries of Azerbaijan Embassy, Kuala Lumpur. Azerbaijan is located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. It forms a natural bridge between Europe an Asia. Azerbaijan has nine million inhabitants, and is bounded by the Caspian Sea on the east, Armenia on the West, Iran on the South and Russia on the North and Georgia on the Northwest. There is a short borderline with Turkey to the Northwest. Azerbaijan is rich in natural resources, in particular fossil fuels. Due to this and extensive foreign direct investment in the oil sector, it has been enjoying an unprecedented boom. Azerbaijan declared independence from the Soviet Union in October 1991 shortly before the Soviet Union was officially dissolved in December 1991. The majority Armenian area of Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence in the same year but has not been officially recognised by any country. Hostilities with Armenia over ended in 1994 after three years of conflict. The popularity of Azerbaijan as a tourist destination has been growing rapidly in recent years. The speakers expressed the hope that more Malaysians would be able to visit Azerbaijan and explore its rich cultural and historical heritage.