An official dinner-party was hosted in Rome, September 25, in connection with the 100th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan.
First Vice-president of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva attended the official dinner-party.
First, state anthems of Italy and Azerbaijan were performed.
While addressing the dinner-party, Italy’s minister for economy and finance Giovanni Tria brought to attention that Azerbaijan – a Land of Fires, with its tangible and cultural wealth, has big natural reserves. He noted that, having efficiently used these natural resources, Azerbaijan could secure rapid advancement of the country, and has been playing a significant role in the world economy.
The minister mentioned that great attention has been shown to education and science in Azerbaijan, touching upon the significance of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan. Then, he said that having regained its state independence in 1991, Azerbaijan has been through a great path of development, emphasizing that the human capital, which the Azerbaijani leadership has been showing great attention, forms the bedrock of these achievements. Having recalled that the theme chosen for Baku’s candidacy for “Expo-2025” was “Developing human capital, building a better future”, the minister underscored its importance.
Talking about the Azerbaijan-Italy relations, Giovanni Tria mentioned that in 2017, the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between our countries was celebrated, and delightfully noted that currently, the relations between our countries are expanding. He further noted that Azerbaijan was a very important country in the South Caucasus. Bridging Asia with Europe, Azerbaijan is a place of tranquillity, being at the heart of the ancient Silk Way.
The minister said Azerbaijan has been putting forward new initiatives relying on its rich culture, and ancient traditions. These initiatives serve widening of relations between cultures and peoples.
Talking about the projects implemented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Italy towards preserving the cultural heritage, the minister thanked Mehriban Aliyeva for these projects. Extension of the cooperation in the sphere of mutual investment between Azerbaijan and Italy was mentioned, underscoring that Azerbaijan has been playing an important role in the energy security of Europe, including Italy. “Azerbaijan has been taking important steps towards diversification and modernization of the economy. Our strategic partnership has been contributing to the strengthening of our commercial ties. We have been making mutual investments into industry, and working together”, - said Giovanni Tria.
Then a documentary related to the 100th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan was shown.
The dinner-party continued with a concert programme and presentation of samples of our national cuisine.
An exhibition related to the 100th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan was welcomed with much interest.
Information is given, at the exhibition, about the historical path the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan has been through, and its founders and achievements. The exhibition also displays extensive information about the foreign policy and diplomatic achievements of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as reforms carried out in the military, cultural and industrial spheres. At the same time, information about restoration of Azerbaijan’s independence, return of national leader Heydar Aliyev to power and the achievements reached by our country are presented here.
Publication of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation related to our country are also demonstrated at the exhibition.