Last Thursday, December 12, the Embassy of Azerbaijan organized the Commemoration of the National Leader Heydar Aliyev. The event was attended by heads and representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Spain, representatives of Spanish society and media, as well as the Azerbaijani community.
In his inaugural speech, the Ambassador of Azerbaijan, Anar Maharramov, stressed that the advances of modern Azerbaijan are directly related to the name of Heydar Aliyev, who dedicated his whole life to the prosperity of the Azerbaijani people.
The ambassador stressed that in 1991, after re-establishing its independence, Azerbaijan was in a difficult situation; the government crisis of 1991-1993 led the country to the abyss of civil war; Armenia, taking advantage of the situation, tried to divide Azerbaijan and take away its independence. As a result of Armenia’s military aggression against Azerbaijan and its policy of ethnic cleansing, 20% of the territory of, “more than 1 million of our compatriots became refugees and internally displaced persons” was occupied.
It was particularly emphasized that on 15 June 1993, at the request of the Azerbaijani people, Heydar Aliyev returned to power. The wisdom and political experience of the National Leader enabled the young independent republic to avoid the governmental crisis. Political stability was achieved, a ceasefire was reached over the Nagorny Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the country entered a new stage of development. His merits were highly valued by the Azerbaijani people who awarded Heydar Aliyev the high distinction of “National Leader of Azerbaijan”.
It has been emphasized that Heydar Aliyev’s policy is currently successfully continued by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. As a result of his successful domestic and foreign policy leadership, Azerbaijan became the leader of the South Caucasus region.
Turkey’s ambassador Cihad Erginay took the floor and emphasized that as a result of the clear-sighted and firm political leadership of the National Leader, Azerbaijan achieved a comprehensive development. Highlighting the primary role of the National Leader in establishing strategic partnership and fraternal relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey, the ambassador emphasized that Heydar Aliyev is considered not only the National Leader of Azerbaijan, but of the entire Turkic world.
Ambassador Cihad Erginay also emphasized the wise phrase of the National Leader “We are one nation, two states”, which eternalizes the friendship and brotherhood between the peoples of Azerbaijan and Turkey, stressing that the large-scale projects carried out jointly by Azerbaijan and Turkey continue to strengthen this brotherhood.