Baku, May 30, AZERTAC
An event dedicated to Azerbaijan’s Independence Day and the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and the United States was held in Los Angeles. Hosted by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, the event brought together representatives from the US State Department, County and City of Los Angeles, Consuls General and Honorary Consuls from various foreign countries, elected , religious leaders, journalists, scientists, members of the Azerbaijani community, as well as leaders of the Turkish, Pakistani, Jewish, Iranian, Korean, Hispanic and other communities.
The event opened with the performance of the national anthems of Azerbaijan and the United States
Consul General of Azerbaijan and Dean of the Los Angeles Consular Corps Nasimi Aghayev welcomed the guests, saying that on May 28, 1918, the people of Azerbaijan established the very first republic in their history – the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan – the first-ever secular democracy among all Muslim nations and the first predominantly Muslim nation to grant women the right to vote and stand for election. He said that this year also marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and the United States and that the two countries have built a strategic partnership based on shared values, interests and a vision for the future.
Aghayev pointed out that today “under the visionary leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan has become the largest economy in the region and one of the fastest modernizing countries in the world, implementing projects energy and transport of global importance such as the new railway linking Asia to Europe or contributing significantly to the energy security of European nations”.
Aghayev added: “During the 44-day war of 2020, under the leadership of our Commander-in-Chief, President Ilham Aliyev, our armed forces liberated Azerbaijani territories from a 30-year illegal occupation. Azerbaijan has started clearing areas liberated from countless landmines and rebuilding these areas, using smart and green technologies so that hundreds of thousands of forcibly displaced Azerbaijanis can finally return to their ancestral lands safely. and dignity… Azerbaijan is ready for peace with Armenia. Mutual respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty is a prerequisite for achieving a lasting peace between our two countries.
In her remarks, the Regional Director of the Office of Foreign Missions of the United States Department of State in Los Angeles, Gretchen Franke, notably declared: “In the three decades since the establishment of our bilateral relations, our countries have become strong partners. Together, we promote European energy security and stability, counter transnational threats, and advance bilateral trade and investment…And during this challenging time of global uncertainty, U.S. and Azerbaijani energy diversification and security cooperation international community over the past three decades are excellent examples of how our bilateral relationship is bearing fruit at a critical moment in history.
Speaking afterwards, Utah State Senator Gene Davis congratulated Azerbaijan on its Independence Day and presented a proclamation signed by the leaders of the state Senate and House of Representatives. from Utah.
In her remarks, Los Angeles County Chief of Protocol Lourdes Saab extended congratulations on the auspicious occasion and presented Consul General Aghayev with a proclamation signed by the five Los Angeles County Supervisors on behalf of the county. 10 million inhabitants.
The celebration also featured performances of Azerbaijani folk music and dances, national costumes and cuisine.
A short video of the celebration can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/USiZfymCesQ
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