Obama: US supports Azerbaijan’s security, democratic and economic development (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26
President of the United States of America Barack Obama has sent congratulations to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of Republic Day.
"I offer you and the people of Azerbaijan my sincerest congratulations on Republic Day this May 28. As you celebrate the founding of the world`s first Muslim-majority secular democracy in 1918, know that the United States is committed to working with Azerbaijan as it builds on that legacy to create a more prosperous, more democratic future for all Azerbaijanis," the U.S. President said in his message.
"Since Azerbaijan`s independence, the United States has strongly supported the security and democratic and economic development of Azerbaijan. We do so because we value our bilateral relationship and appreciate our partnership in many areas, including in promoting the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, stability in Afghanistan, and European energy diversification."
"Our partnership is also strengthened by the ties between our people. Ensuring all citizens` fundamental freedoms will enhance both our countries` security and allow for even closer coordination between our governments. Please accept my best wishes in celebrating your national day," U.S. President Barack Obama said in the message.