Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30
Those who organized the dirty campaigns against Azerbaijan have already been removed from the political scene, said Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev as he addressed a conference dedicated to results of third year implementation of ‘The State Program on Socio-Economic Development of the Regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2014-2018’ in Baku Jan. 30.
“It is hard to list all the works that have been carried out in recent years. I just bring to your attention the highlights, because it is our history. Without it, we wouldn’t have been able today to talk about future plans. Azerbaijan is one of those countries that have used oil rationally and cleverly. I remember that even in late 1990s and early 2000s, some analysts said that oil won’t bring happiness to Azerbaijan and will bring problems. However, we were able to use of this natural wealth as much as possible, have strengthened our country, built a strong state; it has been 25 years that we are living as an independent state, built cities, created a beautiful life for ourselves. More extensive work will be carried out in the future,” said President Aliyev.
Of course, Azerbaijani citizens are at the center of this work, he noted.
“If the people had not supported us, we wouldn’t be able to carry out all this work. Therefore, a citizen of Azerbaijan stands at the center of our success. This support that has been provided and is provided by the people and public, of course, gives us power and encourages us,” said the president.
He also noted that Azerbaijan has carried out all this work in difficult conditions.
“You are well aware that defamatory, slanderous campaigns with threats are constantly held against us. However, none of them affects us. Because we know the source of these campaigns, who stands behind them, what are they aimed at. Therefore, we are following our way and life puts everything in its place. Those who organized the dirty campaigns against us have already been removed from the political scene,” added President Aliyev.
He said the world already knows Azerbaijan better and sees that it is an independent and worthy state.
“The Azerbaijani people are proud people, who will never allow someone to dictate us anything. We have always kept and keep our dignity. We have to address all necessary issues in order to continue to confidently move our country forward. Of course, the regional development program has a special place. I am confident that all issues envisaged in the program until 2018 will be addressed and additional issues will be included in the program,” added President Aliyev.