By Amina Nazarli
Azerbaijan and Brazil boost their relations in several fields. To this end, a protocol on cooperation has been signed recently between Baku City Executive Authority and Rio de Janeiro.
Elnur Sultanov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Brazil and Laudemar Aguiar, Chief of International Relations Department at Rio de Janeiro City Mayor's Office inked the document in Rio de Janeiro. The document envisages strengthening of bilateral ties in a variety of fields.
Addressing the signing ceremony, Sultanov noted that Azerbaijan’s relations with Brazil are developing successfully in many fields.
The ambassador said the protocol will contribute to the development of relations between the two cities.
The diplomat highlighted Baku’s history and culture, and forthcoming international events in the Azerbaijani capital, including the first European Games, which will be held in June 2015.
Aguiar, in turn, said he shares Sultanov’s views about the signed document.
Noting that Baku’s rapid progress has raised the interest of City Mayor's Office in Rio de Janeiro, Aguiar said the experience exchange between Baku and Rio de Janeiro will be beneficial especially in organizing international events.
Aguiar talked about the city’s history, and highlighted the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He said the city marks its 450th anniversary of establishment this year.
Sultanov handed Aguiar books about Baku and the first edition of the first European Games stamps.
Many efforts are also made in the field of sports.In November 2014, Azerbaijan and Brazil signed an action plan for cooperation in the field of sports, during the visit of Aldo Rebelo, Brazilian ex-Sports Minister to Baku.
Brazil recognized the independence of Azerbaijan on December 26, 1991. The diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on October 21, 1993.
The embassy of the Brazil was established in Azerbaijan in 2009. The embassy of Azerbaijan was established in Brazil in 2012.