The first Ambassador of Azerbaijan to US has qualifications of the person gifted in performing vast reforms. These words in a reference to the newly published book Racing Up Hill were written by Richard Armitage. The author of the book being presented is the first Azerbaijani Ambassador to US, the existing Deputy Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister, and Rector of the Diplomatic Academy Khafiz Pashayev, Trend reports.
A presentation of the book with the participation of representatives of the Government and MPs of the Country, as well as Ambassadors of foreign countries, students, and NGOs has been held in the Baku State University (BSU) today, on November 2.
The book Racing Up Hill is a rich chronicle of the beginning of establishing Azerbaijani-American relations after Azerbaijan proclaimed its independence, professor Nargiz Pashayeva, Pro-Rector of BSU pointed out in her address. According to her, the book testifies the hard work of the first Ambassador of the independent Azerbaijan in America, and as a result of that, relations between Azerbaijan and US were brought to a level of strategic cooperation. On the way to the top of the world diplomacy, personal civic qualifications of diplomats play one of the most important roles, she stressed. The Pro-Rector also expressed a confidence that the book will become a good manual to future Azerbaijani diplomats
Being Azerbaijan's first Ambassador to US, Mr. Pashayev made a titanic contribution to fortifying bilateral relations between the two countries, Ann Ders, US Ambassador in Baku said during her address. Among the services of Mr. Pashayev, she called the attraction of US to the Nagorno-Karabakh peaceful settlement, three official visits of Azerbaijani Presidents to US, Azerbaijan's supporting US during the acts of terrorism on September 11, 2001, etc. I am sure that Racing Up Hill will show closer appearance of both our nations, she said.
An idea on writing the book belongs to well-known political analyst and my friend Zbignev Bjezinsky, pointed out the author of the book. According to him, the book consists of materials reflecting first obstacles and successes in the bilateral relations, as well as struggle for annulling Amendment 907. Mr. Pashayev also thinks that the book is a good instrument for lobbying. He is about to continue this tradition and will share with his diplomatic experience by writing one more book in the future.