TEHRAN (Iran News) – Embassy of Republic of Azerbaijan on Tuesday held a ceremony at Esteghlal Hotel of Tehran to mark the 104th Independence Day.
The ceremony hosted by Azerbaijan Ambassador to Tehran H.E. Ali Alizade and Iran’s Roads and Urban Development Minister Rostam Qasemi as well as diplomats were among the distinguished guests to the ceremony.
Addressing to the participants in the ceremony, Azerbaijan Ambassador Mr. Alizade briefed the participants of brief history of his country’s independence and said, “28th of May is the Independence Day of Azerbaijan, the day of the establishment of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR) and a historic event when a democratic republic was created for the first time in the Muslim world in 1918. The date when the Government and state institutions, armed forces of Azerbaijan were created, a democratically-elected Azerbaijani parliament was formed, official state attributes of Azerbaijan were adopted. “
He added, “The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic managed to do a lot, but did not last long and 23 months later, as a result of the military intervention, Azerbaijan was annexed to the Soviet Union in 1920. Azerbaijan Democratic Republic left an indelible mark in the history of national statehood with its rich state building experience and prepared a good basis for the future independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Annexation of Azerbaijan to the Soviet Union in 1920 shows again that it is even more difficult to maintain independence than to obtain it. As the successor of ADR, Azerbaijan once again regained its independence in 1991 and when Azerbaijan was again at the verge of civil war and loss of independence, Heydar Aliyev, National Leader of Azerbaijan assumed the responsibility of the country, saved the state and the nation of Azerbaijan from the hard and strict tests of history and Azerbaijan embarked on the path of development, ensured stability and the country began to confidently move forward.”
He noted, “If the creation of ADR, on May 28, 1918 was a historic event for Azerbaijani nation, the restoration of the territorial integrity of the modern independent Azerbaijan in 2020 became another glorious historic victory and achievement for Azerbaijan and its nation. Under the resolute command of the Supreme Commander-in-chief and due to the professionalism and heroism of victorious Azerbaijan Armed Forces whose 104th anniversary of its establishment will also be celebrated this year, and of course due to the high national spirit and strength, the Republic of Azerbaijan has fulfilled its historic mission. Glory to Allah, thanks to the dedication of our martyrs, Azerbaijan has again secured its territorial integrity. And in the last 2 years we celebrate the anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan with double significance, after the liberation of the internationally recognized territories from almost 30 years of illegal Armenian occupation. “
The ambassador then pointed to the achievements of his country under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev and the country continues its progress.
He also said Azerbaijan and Iran are bound by the relations of strong friendship and I believe that our relations, based on the will of our fraternal peoples, will also continue to develop at the upward trajectory in the years ahead.
Meanwhile the ambassador along with his chief guest Iranian Minister Qasemi cut a special cake which had been prepared for the ceremony.