His Excellency Mr Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
We think of you a lot these days and would like to share with you some of our thoughts. You are facing a huge challenge of navigating crucial national interests through highly troubled water. We all know from experience that you cannot afford yielding to any pressures.
No one on Earth compares the mileage you have made in the last twenty some years, as well as your personal and national achievements and prestige with those of your neighbor, and outstanding work of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center which brings your thoughts to the world.
Yet, timing is everything in Geo-Politics (as well as in many other arenas of life). We are aware of your frustrations with the Minsk group, OSCE as well as failed implementation of UN Security Council resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 almost 30 years.
But you have showed a remarkable capacity of self control and strategically patient approach and we believe we have to bring this issue to the United Nations, involve international organizations to have their pressure.
You are stronger and much more highly respected.
With our co-chairs Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Ismail Serageldin and Secretary General coordinating with our members their active support.
Wish you and the people of Azerbaijan all the best. Our prayers are with you.
Secretary General of the Arab League 2001-2011
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt 1991-2001
H.R.H Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud
Chairman of King Faisal Foundation’s Center for Research and Islamic Studies