Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.13
Azerbaijan: The Land of Peace - a remarkable free exhibition of 100 photographs showcasing Azerbaijan's traditions, life, culture and history - was held at the European Parliament.
The opening networking cocktail was organised by the Belgian office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), in collaboration with Niki Tzavela MEP (EFD, Greece), according to the European Azerbaijan Society.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), European Council members, diplomats, European Parliament researchers and journalists attended the opening.
Fiorello Provera MEP (EFD, Italy) said: "Azerbaijan and the EU are coming closer, mostly on energy issues, and Italy has now become a very important partner to Azerbaijan".
Azerbaijan is a wonderful historical land with beautiful landscapes, mountains and cities, according to the MEP.
"Mrs Tzavela organised this exhibition to showcase Azerbaijani peace and tolerance, and this is evident in many of the photos," Provera said.
Fuad Isgandarov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of the Azerbaijani Mission to the EU, said that it is a great pleasure to introduce our country to MEPs and other friends.
Talking about the final investment decision (FID) signed between the Azerbaijani government and the Shah Deniz Consortium, the ambassador said that this decision will make construction of the Southern Gas Corridor a reality.
"During the next few years, Azerbaijani gas will be piped to Europe through some of the most expensive infrastructure in the world. Development of the Southern Corridor will help to drive down gas prices for EU consumers," Isgandarov said.
The ambassador also stressed that Azerbaijan has managed to retain its stability and to develop, despite the ongoing Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh and the Khojaly genocide of February 26, 1992.
Asim Mollazade, Azerbaijani MP said that a huge proportion of Azerbaijani territory remains under Armenian occupation.
"All international documents support the Azerbaijani perspective on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and we expect the EU to pay attention and to seek justice," Mollazade said.
Ambassador Arif Mammadov, Head of EU Mission, Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), Roman Huna, Head, TEAS Belgium and others also spoke at the event and shared their impressions.
During the opening, vibrant music was performed by Azerbaijani violinist Sabina Rakcheyeva. Playing alongside the London-based Deco Ensemble, she performed a range of works by the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, Vagif Mustafazadeh and arrangements of Azerbaijani traditional pieces.