On 29 October, Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev received ambassador of Turkey to Azerbaijan Ahmad Unal Chevigoz.

Greeting the guest, Prime Minister Ilham Aliyev said:

“Dear Mr. Ambassador, I congratulate you on the occasion of 80th anniversary of establishment of the Republic of Turkey. Pass. Please, my congratulations to all the people of Turkey.

This is, at the same time, our holiday, for we are two states and one nation. We consider all the holidays of Turkey as ours and celebrate them. Establishment of the Republic is a significant event in the history. They have made Turkey, established the great leader Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, a mighty state. It possesses strong positions in the region and over the world and has great influence around it.

After Azerbaijan regained its state independence, it was Turkey who fist recognized it. WE shall never forget it. In the last 12 years, we have seen only respect, attention and love from Turkey. I am convinced that Azerbaijan, in its turn, showed same attitude.

Our bilateral relations successfully develop on the base of fraternity and friendship principles. I am sure that we shall further develop these links. As the cooperation in the field of economy, we are constructing the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan MEP. Just due to efforts of the two countries, this project has been realized. Greater part of the works is being implemented, and colossal means was invested in the construction. We shall soon inaugurate it together.

The Baku-Erzurum gas pipeline project is also successfully being realized. There is no problem. This once again shows that if the neighbors are kind and good willing, all the questions could be solved.

In the political sphere, our relations are at high level. You know that after my appointment as Prime Minister first the Prime Minister of Turkey Mr. Erdogan congratulated me. He invited me to Turkey and I am pleased that my fist visit was to the fraternal country.

We must further try to develop these relations, connect closer Azerbaijan and Turkey, and make closer the peoples of the two countries. Accept, please, my congratulations once more.”

Noting his gratitude to the head of the Azerbaijan government, Ambassador Ahmad Unal Chevigoz said:

“Dear Prime Minister, I am rather grateful. Today, Turkey turns its 80. It has been for 80 years that the Republic of Turkey gained a worthy place among the world countries. We stand ready to take to many eighty years the Republic of Turkey established by Atatruk.

I would like to underline another reason of my today’s pleasure. I have been receiving messages of congratulation from the public bodies of Azerbaijan. In fact, everybody in Azerbaijan feels pride and honor with celebration date of the jubilee of Turkey. This is great pleaser for me that I would in particular stress.

I will convey to esteemed President, Prime Minister Your congratulations on the 80th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. As You noted the relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan in the last 12 years, after re-gaining state independence, have strongly developed. Today, between Turkey and Azerbaijan, there are extremely close political, economic, trades, military and cultural cooperation relations.

Of course, dealing with these relations, we cannot but remember the name of the highly esteemed President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, who has great contributions to this. I strongly wish the highly respected President of Azerbaijan to recover and return to Azerbaijan shortly.

Dear Prime Minister, after Your election as President of Azerbaijan Republic, I extended congratulations of our president, Prime Minister and foreign minister to you, and I am sure that during Your presidency, the fraternal relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey will reach a higher level. Indeed, on the day of Turkey’s jubilee, I am rather sensitive and excited. I am thankful for reception and kind words on the occasion of this day. Thank You very much.”

Expressing his gratitude for warm words, Prime Minister Ilham Aliyev said:

“Mr. Ambassador, I would like also to note that thanks to the efforts of our esteemed President Heydar Aliyev, our bilateral relations have acquired such a high level, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan is his personal work. Should not there be His will and courage, should not he demonstrate resoluteness in the period of pressures, may be this Project would remain as a legend. But, he, could make it a reality. He has invaluable contributions.

Generally, modern Azerbaijan is the work of Heydar Aliyev. We all, the whole people of Azerbaijan should continue the work launched by him, expand it, lead Azerbaijan to the future along his path. I am certain we shall achieve it.

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