DECREE OF PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN ON CONFERRING UPON EMPLOYEES OF OIL-REFINING PLANT “AZERNEFTYANAJAGH” OF THE STATE OIL COMPANY OF AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC
President of Azerbaijan Republic
August 29, 2003
COLLECTIVE OF OIL-REFINING PLANT “AZERNEFTYANAJAGH” OF THE STATE OIL COMPANY OF AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC
Dear Oil workers!
I cordially congratulate You, the collective of oil-refining plant “Azerneftyanajagh” on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the plant’s putting into operation. Putting into operation of this plant was a remarkable event in the life of our oil industry. For its semi-centennial history, the collective has always excelled with its style among oil workers. One of the major features, characterizing “Azerneftyanajagh” today, is diligence, high productivity of its workers and engineering staff, quality of products. Oil production, transportation and refining have rich traditions in Azerbaijan. ELOU-AVT-6, catalytic cracking and gradual coking plants, fabricated at Baku Oil Refining Plant in as early as 70-80s of XX century, today allow to produce miscellaneous products meeting world standard. That is why our independent republic is now well known throughout the world as one of the leading oil-producing countries making its significant contribution to the industry’s development. I am confident that the collective of “Azerneftyanajagh” characterizing by selfless labor and professionalism will further enlist its efforts to confirm successes achieved and take a worthy place in the vanguard of our oil industry. Azerbaijani oil workers, still holding their leading role in prosperity of our national economy will make a worthy contribution to our country’s integration into the world economy. Once again, I congratulate You, the whole collective of your plant, and wish each of you good health, fruitful work and welfare. Heydar Aliyev President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
PRIME MINISTER OF AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC MEETS U.S. CONGRESS DELEGATION
Prime-Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received a delegation of the United States Congress led by Kurt Weldon, August 29. Having warmly greeted the guests, Ilham Aliyev said US-Azerbaijan relationship was developing in variety of spheres very efficaciously and intensively, and that the huge energy projects implemented in Azerbaijan would have not been realized without U.S. Government’s support. According to the Prime Minister, apart from the fact that the United States is the largest investor in Azerbaijan’s economy, today’s bilateral co-operation is on a high level in other spheres too including joint combat against terrorism and the Azerbaijan’s unambiguous support of the U.S. actions in Iraq. ‘Now we are in coalition and want to further develop the co-operation between our countries’, he said. Touching upon upcoming presidential election in the country, Ilham Aliyev noted the Government had declared more than once that it would do its best to ensure fair and transparent election. ‘So, Azerbaijan is about to take one more huge step towards democracy,’ he stressed. Having expressed his gratitude for the warm reception, the head of the American delegation Kurt Weldon highly appreciated the Premier’s knowledge of languages and noted it was a great honor for him to meet with the internationally recognized leader. He said he had been deeply impressed by the meetings with President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, who is now being treated by U.S. best doctors, and on behalf of the delegation and the whole American people, wished the president speedy recovery and return to homeland. Mr. Weldon said although his delegation comprises both republicans and democrats from New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas, they have a common goal to open a new page in the development of U.S.- Azerbaijan ties. He described as very important to establish bilateral relations between the U.S. Congress and Parliament of Azerbaijan, and stressed the need for founding a special structure responsible for that. This structure, according to Mr. Weldon, would allow not only to gather sufficient information about Azerbaijan but also to arrange its activity on an appropriate level. He reported a structure responsible for links with Azerbaijan had already been formed in the Congress; after being informed on the situation in Azerbaijan, the structure will familiarize other Congressmen with it that in its turn will arouse more interest in the country. The head of the U.S. delegation stressed the importance of the co-operation in all spheres including agriculture, healthcare, education, economy, ecology, defense and culture, and told of the intention to create necessary funds to promote realization of joint work to bring the abovementioned fields to the appropriate level. Mr. Weldon emphasized as well that not the White House but the Congress had initiated this visit aimed to render direct assistance to Azerbaijani researchers and their collaboration with American specialists for development of sophisticated technologies that implies new economic opportunities. In conclusion, Congressman Weldon congratulated Ilham Aliyev on the new appointment and expressed confidence that like his father, he would be faithful to the country, serve it with honor and ensure its development down the road. Prime-Minister Ilham Aliyev thanked the guests for the kind words and said in particular that what is taking play here today is a historical moment indicating the beginning of a new stage of the two countries’ inter-parliamentary relations, expressed confidence that direct contacts between the Congressmen and members of the Milli Majlis would promote better mutual understanding, and it would be realized what the country needs, what its objective is and which path it has chosen. He appreciated the group’s intention to carry out many-sided activity from agriculture to education, and expressed opinion that there is a great potential for co-operation to achieve the common goals. The prime-Minister once again thanked the quests for visiting Azerbaijan and described relationship with the United States of America as Azerbaijan‘s main priority. ‘For us, the USA is a strategic partner’, he said.*** The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman of the Milli Majlis Ziyafat Asgarov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Araz Azimov, Chairman of the Milli Majlis Standing Committee for International and Inter-parliamentary Relations Samed Seyidov, U.S. Charge' d'affaires Nancy McEldowney.***After the meeting, Prime-Minister Ilham Aliyev answered the questions from journalists.
PRIME MINISTER OF AZERBAIJAN ILHAM ALIYEV RECEIVED PAKISTANI AMBASSADOR
Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Azerbaijan Faiz Mohammad Hoso in connection with the completion of his diplomatic mission in the country, August 29. The Ambassador congratulated Ilham Aliyev on his appointment as Prime-Minister and wished him success in further activity. He expressed confidence the Head of Azerbaijani Government would do his best for further development of Pakistan – Azerbaijan relationship. Faiz Mohammad Hoso also asked to convey his heartfelt greetings and wishes for speedy recovery return to homeland to President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev. Prime Minister Ilham Aliyev expressed gratitude to the Ambassador for congratulations and warm word addressing to the President of Azerbaijan. He stressed the friendly relations established between Azerbaijan and Pakistan and their level are the continuation of the historical ties between the two people. Meetings of President Heydar Aliyev with Pakistani leaders, according to Ilham Aliyev, have played a key role in development of these relations. He said both countries had a great potential for development of economic co-operation. ‘Of course, the co-operation with such a great country as Pakistan is of paramount importance for us,’ he said. The Head of the Azerbaijan Government expressed as well his satisfaction with the Pakistani leaders and people’s support of the just cause of Azerbaijan. Ilham Aliyev gave a high assessment to the Ambassador’s activity in the country and wished him further successes. Thanking Ilham Aliyev, the Ambassador said within the period of his diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan, he had become eyewitness of economic rebirth and progress. According to him, Pakistan will support Azerbaijan and its just stance as of the settlement of the Armenia- Azerbaijan conflict. The parties have held a thorough exchange of opinions on a number of issues concerning development of bilateral mutually beneficial relations.