Azerbaijan, Baku/ Trend , corr А.Ismayilova / Today, Tuesday, 20 March, Azerbaijan's President, Ilham Aliyev has taken part in both solemn and festive arrangements, held in connection with the National Holiday of "Novruz" ("Spring Holiday") in Baku City.
The head of Azerbaijani said that this holiday had always played an important role in developing the national and spiritual values of the Azerbaijani people. "These traditions have existed for many centuries and the Azerbaijani people have always adhered to them" said the President. He added that Azerbaijan was successfully developing its economy. "We should uphold our economic potential. Each citizen of this country can feel its development within all spheres of life. We have significantly reduced the poverty level in the country. We are working in the right direction."
The President noted that Azerbaijan was rapidly integrating into the international community and building a democratic society. " Azerbaijan is taking an active part in different regional projects, and the country's capabilities are increasing. Today, we are able to solve any problems we face. We are pursuing our independent policy based upon Azerbaijan's national interests," said Mr. Aliyev.
Touching upon the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, the Azerbaijani President said that Armenia seemed to be procrastinating. "They should take it into consideration that this period of time is presently working for us", he concluded.