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PRESIDENT ILHAM ALIYEV PARTICIPATES IN CEREMONY MARKING 87TH BIRTHDAY OF NATIONAL LEADER HEYDAR ALIYEV AND 6TH ANNIVERSARY OF HEYDAR ALIYEV FOUNDATION

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva have today attended a solemn ceremony at the Buta Palace to mark the 87th birthday anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev and 6th anniversary of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

The meeting attended by state and government officials, foreign guests was addressed by President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO and ISESCO goodwill ambassador, MP Mehriban Aliyeva who said Heydar Aliyev devoted whole his life to development of Azerbaijan.

According to her, Azerbaijan found its well-deserved place in the world community thanks to Heydar Aliyev`s activity.

“Azerbaijanis are proud that they have such an unforgettable leader and hero as Heydar Aliyev,” said Mehriban Aliyeva.

She pointed out the Heydar Aliyev Foundation played an important role in developing education, health, culture in Azerbaijan and raising world community`s awareness about Azerbaijan.

The participants saw a video dedicated to the prominent statesman Heydar Aliyev.

Speaking at the event, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said Heydar Aliyev had served the people of Azerbaijan with dignity and dedication.

People of Azerbaijan, according to the President, loved and trusted Heydar Aliyev very much. The Great Leader was always sensitive to problems of the country. Thanks to Heydar Aliyev`s activity, Azerbaijan shattered the “risky country” image to embark on large-scale projects, the Azerbaijani leader noted.

“Independent Azerbaijan built by national leader is living, developing and opening up new opportunities for our people. Our country goes along the Heydar Aliyev path. National leader`s ideological principles were established in the country,” he said.

The Head of State expressed assurance that Azerbaijan would continue to develop in the years to come.

“We are loyal to our national leader,” said President Ilham Aliyev, adding “Heydar Aliyev policy will live in Azerbaijan forever”.

A film narrating on the Heydar Aliyev Foundation`s activity was shown at the ceremony.

The “Gizil Chinar” (Gold Plane tree) award instituted in 2009 by the Foundation was presented to the winners.

President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva presented the “Gizil Chinar” international award to People`s Artist Arif Babayev for his active participation in and contribution to Foundation`s cultural projects.

Former head of UNICEF Office in Azerbaijan Mrs. Hanaa Singer was awarded for protecting children`s rights.

“Gizil Chinar” award also went to people`s painter Tahir Salahov for his contribution to fine arts in the country.

The awarding ceremony was followed by a concert of the Azerbaijan State Symphonic Orchestra.

World-known Spanish tenor and conductor José Plácido Domingo Embil sang at the concert and met President Ilham Aliyev.

BAKU. 11.05.2010. AzerTAg.


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