Baku, Azerbaijan, May 4
By Seymur Aliyev - Trend:
The money allocated from the ADB to Azerbaijan will serve the benefits of our people, as well as economic and sustainable development of Azerbaijan, the country's President Ilham Aliyev said at the 48th annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank in Baku May 4.
"Majority of our guests visit us for the first time, and I think it is a good opportunity to know Azerbaijan better, because as an independent country, it exists only more than 23 years on the world map," said the president.
And yet, the president said that Azerbaijan is famous for its ancient history, culture, traditions.
"I am sure the guests will find time to visit our historic places, to learn more about our people, our past and present of our country," he said. "Azerbaijan's geographic location definitely influenced the development of our nation."
Ilham Aliyev said that Azerbaijan, for centuries, had multicultural society and is proud of its multicultural history.
"We are strongly committed to the development of Azerbaijan as a modern, tolerant country, where representatives of all nationalities and religions live in peace and dignity," he said.
The president said that the recently created international center of multiculturalism is Azerbaijan's contribution to the development of positive tendencies in the world.
He further said that the cultural diversity of Azerbaijani nation is one of its biggest assets.
"And today we're proud to host guests from so many countries, and I am sure that our successful cooperation, based on mutual trust, mutual cooperation and mutual interest, will continue."