Araz Azimov

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Araz Azimov
Azerbaijani: Araz Əzimov Böyükağa oğlu
Araz Azimov February 2016 (24932626176).jpg
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan
Assumed office
PresidentHeydar Aliyev (1994-2003), Ilham Aliyev (2003-present)
Personal details
Born (1962-06-13) June 13, 1962 (age 58)
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union (now Azerbaijan)

Araz Azimov Boyukagha oglu (Azerbaijani: Araz Əzimov Böyükağa oğlu, born on June 13, 1962, Baku), is the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Government of Azerbaijan since 1994.

Early life

Azimov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 13, 1962. In between 1978-1984, he studied at the Oriental Studies faculty of, with the former name, Azerbaijan State University, current Baku State University. During his study period, he was majoring on the Persian language and studies.[1] After the graduation, he started to work at the Foreign Service department of the Azerbaijan State Teleradio Company until 1989.

Political career

Azimov started his diplomatic career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijani SSR in 1989. He served there as a second and first secretary at the Department of Information until 1991. In 1991-1992, Azimov worked as a deputy director at the same department. Afterward, in 1992, he was appointed the director of the Department of International Organizations in the Ministry. Since 1994, he is the Deputy Foreign Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan. His diplomatic rank is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.[2] He was awarded with the For service to the Fatherland Order (2nd class) of Azerbaijan by the President Ilham Aliyev in July 2019.[3]

Personal life

Araz Azimov is married and has one child. In addition to his native tongue Azerbaijani, he speaks fluent English, Russian, Persian and Turkish.[4]

Azimov attention in American media

Mr. Azimov received attention in the American media in 2011 in a Forbes magazine article. The article attributes Samir Sharifov and George Soros to engaging in political activity that could "push the region toward war." Mr. Azimov is quoted in the article as saying that Soros' involvement with Sharifov might push the region toward war: “Armenia is interested in war, more so than Azerbaijan. They want to gain further justification of the occupation in Karabakh, so they would be looking for an opportunity to provoke. So war is a possibility but it will only start with a provocation." [5]

External links


  1. ^ 14-ый выпуск «Five o`clock» с Аразом Азимовым - VIDEO, 1NEWS.AZ - Baku, 6 July 2010 Archived April 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ The European Parliament diplomats
  3. ^ "Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on awarding the employees of diplomatic services of the Republic of Azerbaijan". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 2019-08-26.
  4. ^ The official page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  5. ^ Richard Miniter [1], Forbes magazine, September 9, 2011