Dear Ilham Heydarovich,

Let me congratulate you most cordially on your election to the post of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. This decision of people of Azerbaijan shows its century-old wisdom, as well as its ability to clearly outline the perspective of your state's development.

Recent years of state foundation of our countries, of course, strengthened fraternal relations between our peoples and close Azerbaijani-Georgian strategic cooperation. In the field of partnership, our countries have chosen he only correct way - possible promotion and acknowledgement of the fact that security and stability of our states are inseparable as well as success in regional and global policy.

Of course, the above mentioned and many other achievements are closely connected with your father's name - esteemed Heydar Aliyevich and President of Georgia Eduard Shevarnadze.

Let me express admiration to your personal contribution into the development of Azerbaijani-Georgian partnership, which will get a new impulse after your election as a President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

I, personally, remember our meetings and want to assure you once more that my personal contacts as well as previously, will serve our common work.

Taking this opportunity, I wish you new victories and achievements at state field, a good health, happiness and welfare.

With respect,

Tedo Japaridze

Assistant to the President of Georgia for national security

Secretary of National Security Council

Tbilisi, October 16, 2003

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