Pres­i­dent Aliyev: Azerbaijan's for­eign pol­icy aims to en­hance coun­try's in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion, se­cure its economic in­ter­ests

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Azer­bai­jani for­eign pol­icy aims to en­hance the in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion of the coun­try and se­cure its economic in­ter­ests, Azerbaijan’s Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev said while ad­dress­ing the commencement cer­e­mony held at ADA Univer­sity on May 26.

Azer­bai­jani for­eign pol­icy aims to en­hance the in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion of the coun­try and se­cure its economic in­ter­ests, Azerbaijan’s Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev said while ad­dress­ing the commencement cer­e­mony held at ADA Univer­sity on May 26.

Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and fam­ily mem­bers at­tended the event.

Azerbaijan's for­eign pol­icy is prin­ci­pled and in­de­pen­dent, the head of state said stress­ing that this is the rea­son why the coun­try en­joys a good rep­u­ta­tion on the in­ter­na­tional arena and is rec­og­nized as a re­li­able part­ner and wor­thy state on a global scale.

“Our for­eign pol­icy com­ple­ments the do­mes­tic pol­icy and aims to en­hance the in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion of the coun­try and se­cure its economic in­ter­ests. It is not so easy to pur­sue an in­de­pen­dent pol­icy, es­pe­cially in our re­gion and in present con­di­tions. But it has al­ways been our po­si­tion that we should pur­sue an in­de­pen­dent course and se­cure the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple,” he said.

The in­ter­ests of the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple are above every­thing for us, the Pres­i­dent noted.

“That is why, I think, we have man­aged to earn great re­spect, which is ev­i­denced by the elec­tion of Azerbaijan to the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. A to­tal of 155 coun­tries showed con­fi­dence in Azerbaijan and elected us a mem­ber of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, the world's most in­flu­en­tial or­ga­ni­za­tion. This is a clear ex­am­ple of our in­ter­na­tional author­ity. A few years have passed since that day. I am ab­so­lutely sure that Azerbaijan is a coun­try wor­thy of solid foun­da­tions and re­spect on the in­ter­na­tional arena,” he added.

The main is­sue of our for­eign pol­icy is the set­tle­ment of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict, ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­dent Aliyev.

“We do not step back and are not go­ing to step back from our prin­ci­pled po­si­tion. Nagorno-Karabakh is Azerbaijan’s an­cient land. It is our his­tor­i­cal land. The norms of the in­ter­na­tional law also con­firm this ter­ri­tory as in­te­gral part of Azerbaijan. In­flu­en­tial in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions have a num­ber of de­ci­sions and res­o­lu­tions on this is­sue. Among them the four res­o­lu­tions of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and other in­flu­en­tial in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions’ de­ci­sions and res­o­lu­tions even more strengthen our po­si­tion and cre­ate legal grounds for set­tling the con­flict,” the head of state said.

He pointed out that the NonAligned Move­ment, the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion, the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, the Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly of the Coun­cil of Europe, ECO and other or­ga­ni­za­tions have re­cently adopted res­o­lu­tions on this is­sue.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev noted that this is­sue should be re­solved only within Azerbaijan’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity.

“Azerbaijan’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, rec­og­nized by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, should be un­con­di­tion­ally re­stored. The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil’s res­o­lu­tions should be ful­filled un­con­di­tion­ally and im­me­di­ately. We will fur­ther con­tinue to pur­sue a prin­ci­pled pol­icy on this is­sue. But we are also well aware that the in­ter­na­tional law doesn’t al­ways work in the mod­ern world. In re­cent times it doesn’t work at all. This is a re­al­ity. We live in a real world and of course, we should ad­just our pol­icy to the real sit­u­a­tion in the world. There­fore, of course, we should fur­ther in­crease our strength both in the economic sphere and in army build­ing and other spheres, thereby bring­ing the con­flict’s set­tle­ment closer,” he said.

The force fac­tor comes to the fore­front in the world to­day, ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­dent Aliyev.

“We see this prac­ti­cally every day. Of course, we have taken and will con­tinue to take steps in this di­rec­tion. The at­ten­tion we have been pay­ing to army build­ing in re­cent years and the funds in­vested in that show again that we are on the right track and we will con­tinue to fol­low it,” he added.

The head of state went on to say that Azerbaijan works very ac­tively in the re­gional co­op­er­a­tion for­mat.

“We wanted to cre­ate for­mats of re­gional co­op­er­a­tion and it is pos­si­ble to say that we have suc­ceeded in that. We have ini­ti­ated four three-and four-sided for­mats of re­gional co­op­er­a­tion in the re­gion now,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent noted the prac­ti­cal im­por­tance of such for­mats.

“We live in this re­gion and, of course, peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion de­pend, among other things, on in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion. Ex­cept for the oc­cu­pier-Armenia, we have no prob­lems with any coun­try. On the con­trary, our re­la­tions with all coun­tries are de­vel­op­ing. Th­ese are equal ties, ties formed on the ba­sis of mu­tual re­spect and non­in­ter­fer­ence in each other's affairs. We have never in­ter­fered in the in­ter­nal affairs of other coun­tries. Of course, we ex­pect the same ap­proach from all coun­tries, and we are achiev­ing that. There­fore, co­op­er­a­tion in the re­gional frames, of course, is built on bi­lat­eral re­la­tions. We have trans­formed th­ese re­la­tions from bi­lat­eral into mul­ti­lat­eral,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev fur­ther stressed that the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the gi­ant en­ergy and trans­port projects de­pends, among other things, on the re­gional sit­u­a­tion.

“We are chang­ing this sit­u­a­tion our­selves – we are chang­ing it in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion. Mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion oc­cu­pies a spe­cial place in our for­eign pol­icy con­cept. We be­lieve that neigh­bor­ing coun­tries should help each other, un­der­stand each other's prob­lems and work to­gether to solve them,” he added.

The Pres­i­dent also pointed out that Azerbaijan is con­duct­ing very suc­cess­ful en­ergy diplo­macy.

“Our gi­ant en­ergy projects have largely be­come pos­si­ble through diplo­matic ef­forts. Of course, sev­eral fac­tors play a role here – an ex­cel­lent in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment in Azerbaijan from an economic point of view, sta­bil­ity, calm, in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and our diplo­matic ef­forts. Our en­ergy projects can be re­al­ized only to­gether with our neigh­bors and friendly coun­tries. We do not have ac­cess to the world ocean. There­fore, any en­ergy project re­quires in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion. Our en­ergy diplo­macy has been very suc­cess­ful, and the whole world rec­og­nizes that to­day. We have re­drawn the en­ergy map not only of the re­gion, but also of Eura­sia. The South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor, the of­fi­cial open­ing of which will take place in a few days, is our his­toric achieve­ment, a his­toric vic­tory,” he said.

The head of state then talked about the coun­try’s trans­port diplo­macy.

“It would be safe to say that the trans­port routes, de­vel­op­ing along the route of en­ergy cor­ri­dors, have be­come pos­si­ble as a re­sult of very se­ri­ous diplo­matic ef­forts. We have also re­drawn the trans­port map of Eura­sia and achieved suc­cess in that. I can say that all our ini­tia­tives, all the steps re­lated to en­ergy and trans­port diplo­macy have been suc­cess­ful. They bring huge div­i­dends both to us and to the coun­tries work­ing with us. We still ex­pect large prof­its. The projects be­ing im­ple­mented to­day will con­trib­ute to the strength of our coun­try and its sus­tain­able devel­op­ment in a long-term for­mat. A ma­jor role in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of th­ese projects, of course, is played by diplo­matic ef­forts,” he noted.

By ra­tio­nally us­ing nat­u­ral re­sources, we are de­vel­op­ing and strength­en­ing our coun­try, Pres­i­dent Aliyev said.

“To­day, Azerbaijan is one of the most sta­ble coun­tries on a global scale. A lot of cre­ative work is un­der way in Azerbaijan. I am aware that ADA Univer­sity pays great at­ten­tion to sub­jects re­lated to busi­ness and economic dis­ci­plines. I be­lieve that we have also achieved im­pres­sive results in this sphere. The econ­omy of Azerbaijan to­day is fully built on in­ter­nal re­sources. It does not de­pend on any ex­ter­nal fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion or for­eign coun­try. Our ex­ter­nal public debt ac­counts for only 20 per cent of the gross do­mes­tic prod­uct. Our for­eign ex­change re­serves ex­ceed the ex­ter­nal debt four to five times. We can re­pay all debts at any time,” he added.

Il­ham Aliyev fur­ther noted that hav­ing cre­ated an ex­cel­lent in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment, we have been able to at­tract in­vest­ments to our coun­try amount­ing to $230 bil­lion in the last 15 years.

“The steps re­lated to the re­duc­tion of poverty and un­em­ploy­ment are highly re­garded by the world com­mu­nity. We are a young in­de­pen­dent state. How­ever, in terms of com­pet­i­tive­ness, we are in 35th place in the world. We are in third place among de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in terms of in­clu­sive devel­op­ment. In other words, all th­ese fig­ures are a clear il­lus­tra­tion of my words,” he con­cluded.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev once again con­grat­u­lated grad­u­ates on the commencement day and wished them suc­cesses.

Rec­tor of ADA Univer­sity, Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Hafiz Pashayev thanked Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev for his mean­ing­ful speech. Then, the head of state took part in the cer­e­mony and handed diplo­mas to a group of grad­u­ates.

In this aca­demic year, 530 stu­dents grad­u­ated from ADA Univer­sity in 11 ma­jors.

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