A solemn reception was held at the historical Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington on May 28, the Republic Day and the 100th anniversary of the diplomatic bodies of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani Embassy in the US told Trend.
About 1,000 people attended the reception, including representatives of the US Presidential Administration, the State Department and the Pentagon, members of Congress, representatives of the diplomatic corps in Washington and the public from various US states. The event was also attended by Minister of Justice of Turkey Albdulhamit Gul and the delegation of the Oklahoma National Guard.
At the beginning of the event, singer David Difranco performed the national anthems of Azerbaijan and the US. Speaking at the opening of the event, Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to the US Elin Suleymanov noted that 2019 marks the 101-st anniversary of the founding of the first democratic republic in the Muslim East, the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR).
The ambassador added that despite that the ADR existed for a short period of time, it left a rich legacy. Touching on the Azerbaijan-US partnership, he noted that there is wide cooperation between the countries based on mutual respect and interest. Suleymanov, recalling US support for large-scale energy projects in Azerbaijan, thanked the US side.
The head of the foreign policy department of Azerbaijan’s Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev, who was on a working visit in Washington, also delivered speech at the event. He noted that the ADR is the first republic in the Muslim East. Hajiyev stressed that Azerbaijan is developing dynamically under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev. He noted that Azerbaijan is a reliable strategic partner of the US, and stressed that the country contributes to the maintenance of international peace.
Speaking at the event, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper congratulated Azerbaijan on the Republic Day and the 100th anniversary of diplomatic bodies. She noted that Azerbaijan is a strategic partner of the US.