Dear Mr. President,

I extend my congratulations to You and the people of America on the occasion of national holiday of the United States of America – Day of Independence.Today, the United States of America, playing a leading role on the international arena, makes steady and expedient efforts to establish peace, stability and democratic values over the globe, abolish the conflict sources.The Republic of Azerbaijan attaches special importance to the development of the relations of friendship and cooperation with the United States. It is pleased that thanks to our joint efforts, our relations have all-rounded widened and deepened and achieved the level of strategic partnership.Azerbaijan fully supports the policy of your state and operations realized in combat against international terrorism and joining the US-led anti-terror coalition is ready to make its contributions to this cause. We highly appreciate comprehensive and decisive support of the United States of America in realization of the large-scale trans-national projects in the field of development and transportation to the world markets the Caspian resources that are extremely important for the Country.Efforts of Your Country as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group and personally by You, for the fair and peaceful settlement of the crucial problem for Azerbaijan – Armenian-Azerbaijani, Nagorno Karabakh conflict, arouses great hopes.Once again, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to You, Mr. President, on the occasion of the landmark holiday of the friendly American people, wish You robust health success in Your activity, and Your people – peace, tranquility and welfare.Sincerely Yours,

Heydar Aliyev,

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Baku, 2 July 2003.

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