First VP Mehriban Aliyeva receives Or­der of St. Equal to Apos­tles Duchess Olga

Azer News - - Front Page - By La­man is­may­ilova

Acer­e­mony to present the Or­der of the saint Equal to the Apos­tles Duchess Olga of the 2nd De­gree, a high or­der of the Rus­sian Ortho­dox Church, to Azer­bai­jan's First Vice-Pres­i­dent, Pres­i­dent of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion Mehriban Aliyeva was held in the Cathe­dral of Christ the Sav­ior in Moscow.

The or­der was con­ferred to Mehriban Aliyeva by Pa­tri­arch Kir­ill of Moscow and All Rus­sia for her sup­port of the Rus­sian Ortho­dox Church, as well as her out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to strength­en­ing friend­ship be­tween Rus­sia and Azer­bai­jan.

In his re­marks, Pa­tri­arch Kir­ill of Moscow and All Rus­sia thanked First Vice-Pres­i­dent Mehriban Aliyeva for her sup­port to the Rus­sian Ortho­dox Church, as well as for her great con­tri­bu­tion to strength­en­ing friendly re­la­tions be­tween Rus­sia and Azer­bai­jan.

Pa­tri­arch Kir­ill high­lighted Mehriban Aliyeva’s ac­tiv­i­ties as a pub­lic fig­ure, as well as the works done by the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion, which she heads. He hailed Mehriban Aliyeva’s in­volve­ment in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a num­ber of huge projects as the Pres­i­dent of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion, say­ing she re­ceived a num­ber of pres­ti­gious awards for her ser­vices.

“Be­ing UNESCO and ISESCO Good­will am­bas­sador, the Azer­bai­jani First Lady was also awarded the high state awards by pres­i­dents of France, Pak­istan, Ser­bia and Poland,” he added.

Pa­tri­arch Kir­ill then pre­sented the Or­der to Mehriban Aliyeva.

Ad­dress­ing the cer­e­mony, Mehriban Aliyeva thanked Pa­tri­arch Kir­ill for the high award.

The Or­der of the saint Equal to the Apos­tles Duchess Olga of the 2nd De­gree is granted to women for their mer­its in var­i­ous fields of church, state and pub­lic ser­vice.

In 2013, un­der the pa­tron­age of Mehriban Aliyeva, the first mon­u­ment to the saint Equal to the Apos­tles Prince Vladimir in Rus­sia was con­structed in As­trakhan. Un­der her per­sonal in­struc­tions, the area ad­ja­cent to the mon­u­ment was land­scaped in 2017.

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