The Embassy of Azerbaijan organizes a grand reception for the National Day

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Direct flights which started from Karachi, Lahore to Baku in March 2022 (Islamabad will be launched in the coming weeks) are also another milestone achieved between Azerbaijan and Pakistan.

Staff report

ISLAMABAD: Khazar Farhadov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan, speaking on the occasion of the National Day of Azerbaijan, said that May 28 is celebrated as the Independence Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, the first secular democratic republic in the Muslim East, was established on May 28, 1918.

He said that the steps taken during the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic were important in terms of establishing the foundations of an independent state and determining the future direction of development. The establishment of democratic rights and freedoms, the recognition of the equal rights of all citizens, regardless of their ethnic and religious affiliation, the granting of the right to vote to women even before many European countries, the declaration of the Azerbaijani language as the state language, the special attention paid to the development of education and culture, the establishment of the national army and security structures clearly characterize the scope, essence and sense of the policy pursued by the government of the Republic.

Ambassador Khazar said that after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the people of Azerbaijan established an independent Republic of Azerbaijan based on the traditions of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan. Under the leadership of National Leader Heydar Aliyev, considerable efforts have been made and steps have been taken to strengthen the restored independence.

“Today, under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, the process of developing a democratic, legal, secular state and civil society in the Republic of Azerbaijan continues successfully. These successes are reflected in all aspects of life of the Azerbaijani people. Following the victory in the war, the liberation of Azerbaijani territories from Armenian occupation in 2020 and the surrender of Armenia are the natural consequences of Azerbaijan’s achievements under the leadership of Supreme Commander-in-Chief President Ilham Aliyev’.

After Azerbaijan’s restoration of independence in 1991, Pakistan was one of the first countries to recognize Azerbaijan’s independence, he added.

Dwelling further on bilateral relations, the Ambassador said that Azerbaijan and Pakistan are bound by relations of strong friendship, brotherhood and strategic partnership based on historical and cultural roots. The two countries have always supported each other both bilaterally and within international organisations.

2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Pakistan.

The relations forged between the peoples of the two countries are among the main factors conditioning our interstate cooperation. It is pleasing that over these 30 years Azerbaijani and Pakistani relations, based on mutual trust, have grown exponentially and new directions of our engagement have been identified. Today, the high level of political relations and mutually beneficial cooperation in the economic, defense industry, humanitarian and other fields are gratifying.

The Azerbaijani-Pakistani Joint Intergovernmental Commission and a dozen joint working groups under this Commission serve to improve relations between brotherly countries.

He said the direct flights which started from Karachi, Lahore to Baku in March 2022 (Islamabad is due to start in the coming weeks) are also another milestone achieved between Azerbaijan and Pakistan. This gives an impetus to further deepen people-to-people contacts with an easy visa procedure, to increase the number of tourists from the two countries, as well as to serve to expand economic cooperation, increase trade and raise the level of relations between the business communities of the two countries. countries.

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