Ambassador Philipp Stalder
Ambassador Philipp Stalder © FDFA

Dear visitor,

I would like to welcome you to the website of the Embassy of Switzerland to the Republic of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan with residence in Baku. It is an honor and a pleasure for me to serve as Swiss Ambassador to these two countries since autumn 2015 and to represent the interests of my country to further cultivate and deepen the relations between and among our governments, the economic circles and partners in the field of education and culture.

2017 marks a significant year in our partnership as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Azerbaijan. Switzerland has been a close partner to Azerbaijan since the regain of its state independence in 1991 and both countries have maintained a positive relationship with each other since then. This strong relationship is reflected in many ways as for example in the area of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank where the Swiss led constituency formed by Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and other countries could also mark its silver jubilee of 25 years of successful existence in 2017.

Another important pillar in our relations is Switzerland’s technical cooperation partnership with Azerbaijan. If you are interested in this area of our cooperation, I warmly invite you to have a look at the new ‘Swiss Cooperation Strategy South Caucasus 2017-2020’ with its focus on the promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic development and effective democratic institutions, human safety and security (Strategy).

I hope that this website fulfills its purpose by being useful to Swiss compatriots and tourists and to the Azeri and Turkmen citizens interested in Switzerland.

The site will provide you with overall information about Switzerland and its political system, history, economy and trade, tourism, research and innovation, education, and various other topics. You will also find data on bilateral relations between Switzerland and Azerbaijan. Furthermore, it offers useful information on visa requirements, consular affairs and cultural activities regularly organized by the Embassy.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: bku.vertretung@eda.admin.ch. Thank you for your visit.

Philipp Stalder

Ambassador of Switzerland

to Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan

Newly-appointed Swiss Ambassador presented credential

© Azertag News Agency

The newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation Philipp Stalder presented the credential to the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Ambassador Philipp Stalder reviewed the guard of honor and handed his credentials to President Ilham Aliyev. Following the ceremony President Aliyev and Ambassador Stalder had conversation.

President Ilham Aliyev said strong cooperation between Azerbaijan and Switzerland has developed even further over the last years, and expressed pleasure that these ties covered a number of fields. Touching upon the reciprocal visits of presidents of Switzerland and Azerbaijan, the head of state stressed the importance of the highest level of mutual contacts, and an active dialogue between the ministries of foreign affairs. President Ilham Aliyev noted that good results were achieved in the fields of economy and mutual investment making, and described it as an indicator of the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. The head of state said the two countries were successfully cooperating as part of the Azerbaijan-initiated energy projects. Noting that the two countries were interested in developing bilateral relations, President Ilham Aliyev expressed hope that the cooperation would strengthen in the years to come. President Ilham Aliyev wished Philipp Stalder success in his future activities, and expressed confidence that the diplomat`s activity in the country would contribute to the expansion of bilateral ties.

Philipp Stalder said he was deeply impressed with the landscaping work carried out in Baku and a beautiful view of the city. He said Azerbaijan`s importance increased not only for Switzerland, but for the entire continent.

Philipp Stalder said he was pleased to be the Ambassador in Azerbaijan, adding he would pursue mutual interests during his diplomatic tenure in Baku, and would spare no efforts to contribute to boosting bilateral ties even further.