From Mary May Simon, Governor General of Canada
His Excellency Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to congratulate you and your fellow citizens on the occasion of the national day of the Republic of Azerbaijan – the Independence Day.
Canada is pleased to continue strengthening its ties with Azerbaijan, building on last year`s 30th anniversary of our countries` diplomatic relations. Our partnership is based on shared priorities, including long-term peace and stability in the South Caucasus, as well as people-to-people ties built by the vibrant Azerbaijani-Canadian community.
Our positive bilateral relationship is reinforced by our mutual dedication to addressing important issues such as women`s empowerment, global security and environmental stewardship. Canada is committed to further developing its relationship with Azerbaijan as well as strive for a better future for our citizens.
On this day of celebration, I wish peace and prosperity to you and the people of Azerbaijan.
Mary May Simon
Governor General of Canada