Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has hosted the 6th conference dedicated to the 100th aniversary of Azerbaijan’s diplomatic service.
Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev read out President Ilham Aliyev’s message of congratulation to the participants of the conference.
Addressıng the event, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov highlighted the path of development of the Azerbaijani diplomacy, as well as the steps taken to promote the first Republic in the Muslim East, the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic from the earliest days of its establishment.
“A century ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the first Republic in the Muslim East was established to properly represent the interests of the newly emerging Republic in international domain during the turbulent post-World War I period.
Certainly, multifaceted diplomatic efforts were well underway from the earliest days of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR), but the provisional directive establishing the MFA’s Secretariat came on July 9th, 1919, the date we now officially celebrate as the professional holiday of Azerbaijani diplomats according to the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The current foreign policy strategy of Azerbaijan, instituted by nation-wide leader Heydar Aliyev, based on our national interests, is successfully being continued by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.”
Despite the short life of our republic as a result of the Soviet occupation, the diplomatic staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the first Republic gained extensive experience, achieved great successes and formed the basis of our independent foreign policy,” FM Mammadyarov said in his speech.
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