November 9 marks the State Flag Day in Azerbaijan

The tricolor flag reflecting the freedom, sovereignty of our people, struggle for independence and national identity is our national pride. As known, our state flag was approved at the meeting of the government of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on November 9, 1918. After Azerbaijan Democratic Republic fell and the Soviet Union was established on April 28, 1920, this flag was rejected. At the end of the past century, when the great statesman Heydar Aliyev was leading Nakhchivan, first efforts were made to restore our tricolor flag as the state symbol. All the work done by the national leader Heydar Aliyev, who remained selfless for the sake of Azerbaijan's independence, has gone down in our history in golden letters. Azerbaijan's State Flag, which was approved first in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and then in the entire country, became one of the symbols of sacred statehood for every Azerbaijani citizen. This flag, which is the legacy of Azerbaijan People's Republic, demonstrates our commitment to freedom, national, moral values and universal ideals.

The national state symbols are above all for President Ilham Aliyev, who continues the policy of the national leader in the modern and independent Azerbaijan inherited by him. The head of state's respect for the state symbols and national values has a special place among the basic principles of the state of Azerbaijan and is an important factor contributing to strengthening the national solidarity in our republic and promoting state symbols. Today our state flag is waving in all continents of the world, in prestigious events and reflects our independence and national unity.

In his domestic and foreign policy the head of state always attaches great importance to the national interests of Azerbaijan. The main focus of this policy is the unity of the preservation of the national identity and application of modern traditions. November 9 is marked as the State Flag Day under the executive order signed by President Ilham Aliyev on November 17, 2009. Since 2010, November 9 is marked as the State Flag Day in our republic.

It can be noted with pride that today our country is living through the most glorious period of its independence history. Thanks to President Ilham Aliyev's policy based on the national interests, purposeful activity towards economic development and democratization, legal state-building, successful diplomacy, our republic is among the most dynamically developing states of the world. Azerbaijan is skilfully using its political and economic power, strategic position and rich natural resources to ensure foreign policy priorities. Our country has significantly expanded the geography of its foreign relations, become a respected country in the world. The significant international events held in the republic reflect independent Azerbaijan's growing prestige. The whole world recognizes our country as one of the centers of dialogue among cultures and civilizations.

The reforms carried out in our country in line with progressive and secular values as a result of the wise statehood policy pursued by President Ilham Aliyev have had an important influence on the society and its development, played an important role in ensuring people's political, economic, social and other rights and liberties, strengthening the legal basis of the state and forming the rich legal heritage for future generations.

An exemplary development model has been formed as a result of the sagacious policy pursued by the head of state. The countries of the world see Azerbaijan as a reliable partner, a country committed to the multicultural values and traditions, an example of tolerance and an island of stability, highly appreciate Azerbaijan's stabilizing role in the region, its place on the international scale. Azerbaijan located at the crossroads of the East and West is seen as a bridge of friendship and cooperation among the states and peoples. The projects realized by our country, international events hosted by it strengthen this bridge and increase its importance.

Azerbaijan's First Vice-President, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva is doing a great job in this direction. The great activities carried out Mehriban Aliyeva for the sake of rapid development of our independent state, our country's progress, people's welfare, her rich activity as the most splendid example of peace, stability, mercy and kindness are making great contributions to strengthening our independence, developing our state and ensuring Azerbaijan's worthy place in the world community. 

 As usual, our people mark the State Flag Day with great achievements this year. As President Ilham Aliyev said: "Our flag is the source of our pride. Our flag is our soul. State flag is raised all over Azerbaijan. After Azerbaijan restores its territorial integrity our state flag will be raised in the occupied territories. Our flag will be raised in Nagorno Karabakh, Khankendi, Shusha. We should make and are making this day nearer. Long live Azerbaijan's Flag!"

 

 

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