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PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN ILHAM ALIYEV LEFT ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
[March 08, 2005]
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has left today to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on an official visit. At the Heydar Aliyev International Airport, the Head of State was seen off by Chief of the President’s Administration Ramiz Mehdiyev and Mayor of Baku city Hajibala Abutalybov.
On March 8, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev arrived on an official visit in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva were warmly welcomed at the military airport of the Saudi capital Riyadh by Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister, Commander of The National Guard of Saudi Arabia, Emir Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh region prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Mayor of Riyadh, Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Ayyaf Al-Muqrin, Minister of Trade and Industry Hisham Bin Abdullah Yamani, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Azerbaijan Ali Hasan Jafar, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Elman Arasly and other top ranking officials.
A Guard of Honor was lined up here in honor of the Azerbaijani President. Commander of the Guard of Honor reported to President Ilham Aliyev. The President passes along the Guard of Honor.
Top-ranking Saudi officials were introduced to the President of Azerbaijan, and members of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister, Commander of The National Guard of Saudi Arabia, Emir Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.
After that, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev was left the airport for his temporary residence at the Palace of Emir Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
On March 8, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister, Commander of The National Guard of Saudi Arabia, Emir Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud held talks in an enlarged format.
President Ilham Aliyev presented the Azerbaijan’s highest award Order Istiglal (Independence) to Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.
Having thanked the President for the award, Emir Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud greeted him on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King of Saudi Arabia Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and the people of the country, and wished the visit to be successful becoming a new stage of development of relations between the two countries.
President Ilham Aliyev expressed his gratitude for the hospitality, and said he was pleased to visit this beautiful country. Cooperation between our two countries rests on deep historical, religious and cultural roots, he said. The President stressed that Saudi Arabia had supported Azerbaijan since the country gained its independence, and expressed confidence that this visit would foster development of Azerbaijan-Saudi Arabia relations.
After that the parties exchanged views on the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Azerbaijani leader told in detail of the roots, current situation and state of the peace talks in the framework of the OSCE Minsk group.
In response, Emir Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud noted that his country would continue to support fair stance of Azerbaijan in this regard. Government officials will be given concrete instructions on the issue, he said.
President Ilham Aliyev and Emir Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud have also discussed a number of other issues of mutual interest.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met in private with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King of Saudi Arabia Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, March 8.
President Ilham Aliyev thanked the King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud for the invitation to visit Saudi Arabia and presented him the Azerbaijan’s highest award Istiglal (Independence) Order. The Azerbaijani leader noted that elations between the two countries had reached very high level, and that there are good prospects for further development and deepening of the cooperation.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King of Saudi Arabia Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud thanked the Azerbaijani President for the sincere words, and noted, for his part, that his country attaches a special significance to development of relations with Azerbaijan. We remember well the visit to Saudi Arabia by national leader of Azerbaijan, world famous political figure, Your father Heydar Aliyev in 1994, and his invaluable contributions to development of relations between our two counties, and we are asking Allah to rest his soul in peace, he said.
After that King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud conferred the Kingdom highest award Order “King Abdulaziz” upon the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev noting this order is awarded to the world’s most reputable, renowned political figures. President Ilham Aliyev expressed his deep gratitude for the award.
After that the meeting was continued in the presence of the two countries delegations to discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interest.
The official visit of the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues.
On March 10, President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev has arrived in the building of the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference. Here, the Secretary General of the Organization Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu warmly met the Head of Azerbaijan State.
Between the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has taken place a meeting in private.
In the same day, the Head of Azerbaijan State Ilham Aliyev has received in his residence - at the “Jeddah” Palace the president of the Islamic Bank of Development Ahmed Muhammad Ali.
After the reception, ceremony of signing of documents between the government of Azerbaijan and Islamic Bank of Development has taken place.
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