Mon­terey, Lankaran es­tab­lish friend­ship as­so­ci­a­tion

Azer News - - Front Page - By La­man Is­may­ilova

A friend­ship as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween the U.S. city of Mon­terey and Azer­bai­jan’s south­ern city of Lankaran has been re­cently es­tab­lished in Cal­i­for­nia.

Afriend­ship as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween the U.S. city of Mon­terey and Azer­bai­jan’s south­ern city of Lankaran has been re­cently es­tab­lished in Cal­i­for­nia.

Ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the as­so­ci­a­tion is the for­mer Mon­terey City Coun­cilmem­ber Nancy Sel­fridge. The ex­ec­u­tive and ad­vi­sory boards of the new or­ga­ni­za­tion in­clude in­flu­en­tial rep­re­sen­ta­tives of pol­i­tics, busi­ness, science and cul­ture of the city.

The as­so­ci­a­tion aims at fur­ther strengthen and de­velop re­la­tions be­tween Mon­terey and Lankaran, which es­tab­lished "sis­ter cities" part­ner­ship in 2011, through var­i­ous joint projects.

Lankaran

Lankaran, one of the most vi­brant and beau­ti­ful cities of Azer­bai­jan, is lo­cated in the south­east­ern part of the coun­try. The re­gion has many at­trac­tions within its bor­ders.

The Gizil-Agach State Re­serve lo­cated here hosts over 250 kinds of plants, 30 species of fish and more than 220 kinds of birds. The re­serve was in­cluded into the list of UN­ESCO Ram­seur con­ven­tion "On in­ter­na­tion­ally im­por­tant swampy ar­eas as the birds' re­sid­ing places".

The fer­tile soil of the re­gion is ideal for grow­ing cit­rus fruits, rice, grapes, to­bacco and tea-grow­ing. The re­gion is a home of Azer­bai­jan's first tea plant, built in 1937.

Lankaran is also fa­mous for its rich and de­li­cious cui­sine. La­vangi, Lankaran kulcha, marji plov, white plov, pump­kin plov and tur­shu ke­bab are the best ex­am­ples of lo­cal cui­sine.

Unique land­scapes, won­der­ful scener­ies, his­tor­i­cal at­trac­tions and great cli­mate cre­ate fa­vor­able con­di­tions for tourism de­vel­op­ment.

The an­cient tower Abir­lar, the tomb of Sheikh Za­hed, Qala mosque, Gul­dasta minaret, ru­ins of Bal­labur cas­tle were pre­served here.

There are many other sites of in­ter­est in Lankaran. Don’t miss the three-storey Lankaran Fortress and house of Mi­rakhmad Khan­here. This palace was built in 1913 by French ar­chi­tects, but has clear Azer­bai­jani fea­tures in its ar­chi­tec­ture.

Mon­terey

Sit­u­ated on the Pa­cific coast, the his­toric City of Mon­terey was the cap­i­tal of Alta Cal­i­for­nia un­der both Spain and Mex­ico.

Over the past pe­riod, mu­tual vis­its took place, as well as many dif­fer­ent events ded­i­cated to Azer­bai­jan were held in Mon­terey with the sup­port of Azer­bai­jan’s Con­sulate Gen­eral in Los An­ge­les.

In ad­di­tion, many his­toric "firsts" oc­curred in Mon­terey, in­clud­ing Cal­i­for­nia’s first news­pa­per, pub­lic school, theater, brick house, pub­lic li­brary and print­ing press.

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