Baku, Azerbaijan, May 27
The US President Barack Obama has sent a congratulatory letter to Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of Republic Day.
"On behalf of the United States, I congratulate you and the people of Azerbaijan on the 98th anniversary of Azerbaijan's founding as the world's first Muslim-majority secular democracy," said the US president. "I also congratulate you on this milestone 25th anniversary since Azerbaijan regained independence."
Obama noted that Azerbaijan has made great progress in the past quarter century, particularly as an energy leader supporting Europe's energy security and diversification.
"We appreciate Azerbaijan's cooperation on security, including counterterrorism efforts, and are proud to serve with Azerbaijan in NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan," said the US president.
"We stand ready to assist Azerbaijan as it advances security, prosperity, and freedom of expression for all its citizens," he added. "We also will continue working with Azerbaijan toward the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict so that Azerbaijan and its neighbors may enjoy peace and stability."
"The peoples of Azerbaijan and the United States enjoy strong ties, and we look forward to further strengthening our cultural, political, and economic ties. Please accept my best wishes as you celebrate Republic Day," Obama said.