Your Excellency,

With a sense of deep satisfaction and happiness, I convey my congratulations on your election to the post of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

We are happy that the victory at the democratic elections in Azerbaijan has been gained by you, a man who has already brought use to the country by his achievements in oil and gas field, in the field of international relationships, development of sport, and recently as a Prime Minister, which show his high professionalism, talent and devotion to people of Azerbaijan.

We are sure that you become a worthy follower of great policy, begun by your father, a talented leader and outstanding personality Heydar Aliyev, directed to all-sided development, and strengthening of independent Azerbaijan.

This very policy gave an opportunity of intensive and progressive development to all fields of life of Azerbaijan; Japanese-Azerbaijani ties are successfully developing due to this policy.

On my behalf, we ITOCHU Corporation will continue our activity in your esteemed country with more of trust and optimism by means of participation both in big strategically important projects and in other fields of economy, industry, trade and infrastructure of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In this concern, we lay our hopes for the further support on behalf of your government.

Let me congratulate once more you and people of Azerbaijan on this nice and historically significant occasion, wish you most sincerely success in your future activities, a good health, and happiness to people of Azerbaijan.

With deep respect,

Uichiro Niva


ITOCHU Corporation

October 20, 2003

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