Oil-rich Azerbaijan sees resource-rich Indonesia, the largest economy in Southeast Asia, as an important regional as well as global player. Baku says Jakarta occupies a significant place in its foreign policy. Azerbaijan emerged as the second biggest supplier of crude oil to Indonesia in 2011 after Saudi Arabia. Its economy has grown an average 16.9 percent during the last five years and has over US$30 billion in its State Oil Fund. This month, Azerbaijan, a non-permanent member, is the chairman of the UN Security Council.
In order to know more about the growing relations, The Jakarta Post’s Veeramalla Anjaiah talked to Azerbaijan Ambassador to Indonesia Tamerlan Karayev recently in Jakarta. The following are excerpts of the interview.
Question: What is the present state of relations between Azerbaijan and Indonesia?
Answer: Azerbaijan and Indonesia established di...