State of Utah issues Official Citation honoring President and citizens of Azerbaijan

Washington, February 14 (AZERTAC). Both chambers of the legislative body of the State of Utah, the United States, have adopted an Official Citation honoring the President and citizens of Azerbaijan.

After being read out by the Senate`s president Wayne Niederhauser, the Citation was handed by Gene Davis, its co-author, to Azerbaijani Ambassador in Washington Elin Suleymanov.

The Ambassador thanked the members of the legislative body and the co-authors of the Citation, saying it will play a profound role in developing the relations between the State of Utah and Azerbaijan.

Gene Davis stressed the importance of Azerbaijan, calling it a strategic partner of Washington in the region.

The Citation says: “Whereas, the Republic of Azerbaijan restored its independence in October 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, proclaiming itself heir to the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, which was the first secular democratic republic in the Turkic and Muslim world and among the first nation-states granting the right to vote to women; and whereas, the Republic of Azerbaijan and the United States of America are long-time allies, both standing for the universal values of freedom, democracy and human rights; and whereas, we welcome all who come to our state in the interest of friendship and commerce.

Now, let it be known by all that the Utah State Legislature recognizes the contributions made by the Republic of Azerbaijan in defending freedom and preserving peace throughout the world, values the benefit of maintaining a beneficial friendship, and honors the great citizens of Azerbaijan.”

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