President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan and Turkiye are the closest countries in the world

Friendship and brotherly relations between Azerbaijan and Turkiye are at the highest level. The relations between the two countries are wide-ranging, and are a bright example of friendship, brotherhood and strategic alliance in the world. The high-level development of these relations also makes important contributions to the stability and progress in the region. As the people and state of Azerbaijan, we have always felt Turkiye's support. This brotherhood has successfully passed all the tests of history. Turkiye is happy with Azerbaijan's achievements and saddened by its pain and we see Turkiye's joy and sorrows as our own joy and sorrow.

The fact that in the 44-day Patriotic War, a strong state like Turkiye  supported Azerbaijan's rightful position was a great political and moral support for us, made us even stronger. The statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from the very beginning of the war showed that Azerbaijan is not alone in this war of truth, it has an elder brother, support and reliable partner like Turkiye. Thanks to the victory in Karabakh, the world witnessed how the two brotherly countries are close to each other. The magnificent Victory Parade held after the Patriotic War was a message to the world, and showed that Azerbaijan-Turkiye brotherly relations will last forever. The views expressed by the presidents of both Azerbaijan and Turkiye in the parade were a source of confidence. The Declaration signed between the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Shusha on June 15, 2021, based on the friendship and brotherhood between the two countries and their peoples, raised the relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Turkiye to a new level, level of alliance. The culmination of our achievements was the Shusha Declaration, the confirmation of the alliance between Azerbaijan and Turkiye, which was signed on the National Salvation Day.

The joint projects implemented recently by the two countries in various fields aim at raising the relations between Azerbaijan and Turkiye to a higher level. The opening of Rize-Artvin Airport on May 14 with the joint participation of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a great pride. It should be noted that Rize-Artvin Airport, which foundation was laid on April 3, 2017 with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is the second sea-based airport in Turkiye after Ordu-Giresun Airport, and the fifth in the world.

Noting that the opening of the Rize-Artvin Airport is a manifestation of the very pleasant and successful development taking place in Turkiye, Azerbaijan's President said brotherly Turkiye is growing stronger day by day. All this is underpinned by the policy pursued and tremendous work of my dear brother.

Saying that Turkiye today has not only become a major powerhouse in the world, a country that has a say, it is also capable of implementing major projects in the country, President Ilham Aliyev among them mentioned the projects that serve people in particular: "Airports, water reservoirs, roads, bridges, schools, hospitals - all these are factors that show the development and strength of Turkiye, and at the heart of all this is the human factor and public policy."

"It is a great pleasure for me to be alongside you today. Today, the participation of the President of Azerbaijan in this wonderful ceremony is yet another manifestation of the Turkish-Azerbaijani unity. We are always together - in good times, in pleasant times, in difficult times, and the second Karabakh war once again showed it to the whole world. From the first hours to the last day of the war, my brother was with us, and so were the brotherly Turkish people," said the head of state.

Calling the second Karabakh war our common glorious history, President Ilham Aliyev said: "We have put an end to 30 years of occupation, and on the first day of the war, the words of the President, my dear brother Recep Tayyip Erdogan that "Azerbaijan is not alone and that Turkiye is with Azerbaijan" sent a serious message to many. Until the last minute of the war, until our flag was hoisted in Shusha, Turkiye was with us, Turkiye was behind us, Turkiye supported us, and the Azerbaijani people will never forget this brotherhood."

"Today, we are together working side by side in the reconstruction of Karabakh," said the head of state adding that many Turkish companies, including the company that built this miraculously beautiful airport, are also engaged in restoration of Karabakh. Today, thousands of our Turkish brothers are doing their part in the restoration of Karabakh in Azerbaijan.

President Ilham Aliyev underlined that we are the closest countries in the world and our countries have passed great tests together. "Last year, the signing of the Joint Declaration between Turkiye and Azerbaijan in our ancient and historical city of Shusha raised our relations to the level of alliance. We are friends, brothers and now officially allies. This policy is the legacy of our ancestors, the will of our ancestors, and we are committed to this will," said President of Azerbaijan.

Noting that this is his first time in Rize, Azerbaijan's President said: "While coming here by plane, watching these beautiful sights from the window and already seeing them firsthand here, I told my dear brother that this place looks like a paradise. The beautiful and charming nature of Rize, Artvin and the Black Sea region is a great wealth, but the greatest wealth is the people of this region - brave, patriotic, courageous people, the guardians of the Turkish Republic. Long live these people!"

In other words, Turkiye-Azerbaijan friendship is eternal and unshakable.




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N 22 (752) - 2022-06-25



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