His Excellency Mr. llham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Dear President Ilham Aliyev,
İ should like to extend to you my warmest congratulations on the occasion of your birthday You have led and are continuing to lead at the highest level of enlightenment, political skill and concern for the welfare of its peoples. Particularly, worthy of note is your support of European Games, Eurovision and other international events. At the time of worldwide turmoil, Azerbaijan is at peace and is enjoying prosperity. It is a remarkable achievement.
I should like to add my congratulations and best wishes for a very happy New Year to you and your family.
Azerbaijan, and the people of Azerbaijan, occupy a very warm spot in my heart. I am extremely impressed by the many initiatives and actions which you have taken to make Azerbaijan a country in which there is a deep respect for culture, science, arts and literature. Azerbaijan is fortunate to have you as its leader.
With my greatest respect and best wishes,
Lotfi A. Zadeh
Professor Emeritus and Director, Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)