Mehriban Aliyeva: traditions of multiculturalism are one of Azerbaijan's biggest treasures
For many centuries Azerbaijan has been a land of peaceful coexistence of people of different religions and nations, Azerbaijan’s First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva said during the ceremony of awarding her with a gold medal of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center.
Mehriban Alieva expressed her deep gratitude to the Nizami Ganjavi International Center for awarding her with gold medal. "It is a great honor for me to receive this award from the center which promotes the high universal values and ideas of humanity, mutual understanding and peace," she stressed.
First Vice-President noted that traditions of multiculturalism and diversity are one of Azerbaijan's biggest treasures. "We preserve our traditions and we are open to the world. Today we talked about modern Azerbaijan, about impressive achievements of Azerbaijan after restoration of its independence," she said.
Mehriban Aliyeva thanked the President of Azerbaijan Republic, who is the bright example for her and for the people of her country, "as a person who has dedicated his life to the development and prosperity of our motherland". "Thank you Mr. President and I am proud to be a part of your team," she noted.
First Vice-President said that she also considered this award as recognition of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation's works. "I say thank you for all those who during 14 years worked with me and helped to implement all our ideas, all our projects in the fields of education, science, culture and social sphere," Aliyeva stressed.
"Finally I would like once again to mention the great efforts of co-chairs of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center. Thanks to your activities the Center has become a very important international platform," she stressed.
"Mr. Serageldin, your experience, your knowledge inspired the young generation to use value of education and science to be more open to the world and broaden their horizons. Madam Vaira Vike-Freiberga, you are a shining example for many many across the world. We, in Azerbaijan, highly appreciate your activities, your efforts in building dialogue between nations and countries, your contributions to promoting the legacy of prominent Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi," Mehriban Alieva stressed.