Toasting Azerbaijan’s Silver Jubilee with wine cultivated in ancient Azeri vineyards, Ambassador Tahir Taghizadeh said it had been a vintage year, with Baku staging its first-ever Formula One and having Karabakh horses perform for the Queen on her 90th birthday at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
He said Azerbaijan had come far, emerging from tumult to become a geostrategic energy hub and a multicultural meeting place for civilisations. He thanked Britain for its know-how and investment and said the “sky was the limit” for what the two countries could achieve in the next 25 years.
FCO Director Michael Tatham said Britain was Azerbaijan’s number one investor and student destination, and that the two nations were poised to take their partnership to the next level.
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