Azerbaijani official: Staff units need to be increased in foreign ministry
Azerbaijan , Baku, April 22 / Trend S.Agayev /
Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Nadir Huseynov believes staff units should be increased in the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry given the expansion and development of the ministry's ties with other states and international organizations.
"The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry expands and develops relations with other states and international organizations each year. As a result, the amount of work increases and new departments, divisions and sectors are created in the ministry. New diplomatic missions are opened in foreign countries each year, thus a need arises to increase the number of diplomatic and administrative-technical staff in the existing diplomatic missions of Azerbaijan. Therefore, the Foreign Ministry appealed to the Cabinet on the issue of increasing staff units in this department," Huseynov said in an interview with Trend.
He said the country opens new diplomatic missions abroad to develop the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and other countries, as well as to protect the rights and interests of Azerbaijani citizens.
"Azerbaijan opened embassies in Libya, Argentina, Estonia and Croatia and consulates general in Georgia's Batumi and Russia's Yekaterinburg in 2010. I believe the number of Azerbaijan's diplomatic missions should be increased from year to year. The Azerbaijani President has already signed a decree to open new embassies in South Africa, Brazil, Iraq and Vietnam," Huseynov said.
He said the ministry takes several measures for the professional development of young diplomats. "Additional educational programs are held for the diplomatic services' employees for training purposes. Young diplomats are constantly sent to refresher and language courses, seminars and conferences organized in the country and abroad, as well as leading foreign institutions," he said.
Huseynov highlighted the merits of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) in this area.