Baku, January 1, AZERTAC
"The international reputation of our country further enhanced in 2015. My visits abroad and the visits of the heads of state and government of foreign countries are further evidence of that. In 2015, I paid official visits to different countries and attended international events. I have paid visits to 20 countries and 15 heads of state and government were in Azerbaijan on official and unofficial visits," President Ilham Aliyev said in his congratulatory message to the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis and New Year.
"At the same time, our foreign policy is praised and respected by the world community because we are conducting an independent policy. We have a principled position on every issue. No outside force can affect our will. Azerbaijan conducts an independent policy. This policy protects the interests of the Azerbaijani people. The campaign of pressure and threats against us do not and will not affect us in any way. We are not afraid of anyone and anything. Our main mission is to serve our people and enhance the international reputation of our country."
"I would like to assure you that in 2016 and beyond we will not deviate from our principled policies and will conduct an independent policy. Let this be remembered by those who want to wage a campaign against us. Their efforts are all in vain. They do not and will not affect our policy," the President said.