Azerbaijan is a former Soviet republic in the Caucasus region that borders Iran and Russia. The country has a population of around 9.5 million and its official language is Azerbaijani. Azerbaijan gained its independence in 1991 and has been a member of the United Nations since 1992. Mauritius is an island country in the Indian Ocean located off the southeast coast of Africa. The country has a population of around 1.3 million and its official languages are English and French. Mauritius gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1968 and has been a member of the United Nations since 1976.