His Excellency Mr Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
On the occasion of the Republic Day of Azerbaijan, I wish to convey to you, the Government and people of Azerbaijan my best wishes, together with those of the Australian Government and people.
This year, Australia and Azerbaijan will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries. Our two nations share a warm bilateral relationship and Australia remains a consistent supporter of Azerbaijan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Australia looks forward to working closely with Azerbaijan in the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to preserve Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. I also commend you for your work on the 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, an important platform to support diversity and mutual understanding among nations.
We would very much welcome Azerbaijan’s support for Australia’s candidacy for the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the 2018-20 term. Australia has never before served on the HRC. If elected, we would bring a unique perspective and a pragmatic, consultative approach to the work of the Council.
May I express my confidence that the friendly relations between our two countries will continue to prosper.
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia