Ilham Aliyev celebrates his 59th birthday
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev celebrates his 59th birthday today. Of the 17 years during which he has been ruling the country, the outgoing one turned out to be not just successful, but victorious.
The restoration of the territorial integrity of the state was the best gift to the entire Azerbaijani people and a tribute to the memory of his father, the national leader Heydar Aliyev, who at one time laid the foundations for the Azerbaijani army, a powerful socially oriented economy, and international contacts, which played a significant role in the victory of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in the second the Karabakh war.
The morale of the people was very high - thousands of Azerbaijanis asked to volunteer for the front. Moreover, in this war, Azerbaijan won not only a political, but also a psychological victory, debunking the nationalist myths of its opponents. Equipping the Azerbaijani army with modern weapons, innovative technologies used in modern unmanned aerial vehicles was also the result of reforms initiated by Aliyev.
The Azerbaijani military carried out all combat missions directly on behalf of the Supreme Commander, and the diplomatic skill shown by Ilham Aliyev during and after the end of hostilities raised the international prestige of Azerbaijan even higher. Moreover, the president managed not only to maintain good relations with the two regional powers, Russia and Turkey, but also to defend Baku's position in front of the entire international community. Many remember that almost every day during the 44-day war, Ilham Aliyev, in an interview with journalists of TV companies from different countries of the world, patiently and intelligibly explained the reasons and essence of what was happening around Nagorno-Karabakh. Later, they will say that they saw a portrait of a 21st century political leader.
Today, Azerbaijanis from all over the world write to Aliyev words of gratitude and support, suggesting that he be awarded the title "National Hero of Azerbaijan", "Hero of the Patriotic War" or "People's Hero".
The tricolor flag of Azerbaijan hoisted by Aliyev on the liberated lands has become a symbol of the spiritual unity of the people, and now its main priority will be the restoration and development of the de-occupied territories.