Azerbaijan–United Kingdom relations

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Azerbaijani–British relations
Map indicating locations of Azerbaijan and United Kingdom

Azerbaijan

United Kingdom

Azerbaijani–British relations are foreign relations between Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom. Azerbaijan has an embassy in London. The United Kingdom has an embassy in Baku. Both countries are full members of the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

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The history of Azerbaijani–British relations date back to the British expedition was sent from Baghdad to Baku in 18 January 1920, to prevent Azerbaijan's valuable oilfields falling under the control of Germany and the Ottoman Empire. Nicknamed the Dunsterforce, it was commanded by General Lionel Dunsterville. The Dunsterforce arrived in Baku in August 1918. After the Battle of Baku, the Dunsterforce withdrew to Persia in September 1918.[1] The Dunsterforce remained in Baku until 1920, when the Bolshevik advance made it impossible for them to stay. During this time, de facto diplomatic relations existed between the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan and the British Empire through the British High Commissioner in the Caucasus, which located in Tbilisi.

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