His Excellency Mr Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Your Excellency, esteemed Ilham Heydarovich!
I cordially congratulate you on the occasion of your birthday.
In this responsible post as head of the Republic of Azerbaijan, you have earned respect of many people thanks to your fruitful efforts to strengthen the state and expand relations with foreign countries.
I would like to especially underline your attention to the life of traditional religious communities, in particular to the needs of Baku Eparchy of Russian Orthodox Church, which aims to contribute to the preservation of strong inter-religious and international peace and civil harmony in Azerbaijan.
I wish you robust health, good spirit and strength in your further endeavors.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia