Fifth Congress of World Azerbaijanis officially opened in Shusha

The fifth Congress of World Azerbaijanis has today kicked off in the city of Shusha.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev is making a speech at the Congress.

“Today we are holding a Congress of World Azerbaijanis in free Karabakh and free Shusha. The name of this congress is Victory Congress, and this is natural. Because for the first time after the historic Victory, Azerbaijanis from all over the world are gathering to hold a congress. In general, the name of Victory is very appropriate for our people,” Ilham Aliyev said.

The head of state said: “You have come here through Victory Road, and the name of the Congress is Victory Congress. At present, Victory Museums are being built in different parts of the country, first of all, in liberated lands.”

“From now on, the people of Azerbaijan will live as a victorious people, live forever, and our state will live as a victorious state from now on. This is a great happiness for all of us, for those living in Azerbaijan, for Azerbaijani citizens, for Azerbaijanis living abroad,” he noted.

“Our heroic sons who carried out this historic mission have rendered unparalleled services to history, to the people and to the Motherland. The youth who grew up in the years of independence, the youth who grew up in the spirit of patriotism have presented us with this historic feat, this historic news to the people of Azerbaijan,” the head of state stressed.

The fifth World Azerbaijanis' Congress will be held from April 22 to April 23. The Shusha-based event is expected to draw 400 diaspora representatives from 65 countries. The congress participants will first visit Baku's Alley of Honors, then the Alleys of Martyrs I and II before departing for Shusha.

First Deputy Chairman of the Azerbaijan State Committee on Work with Diaspora Valeh Hajiyev said the 5th Congress of World Azerbaijanis will be the first one held after the Victory in second Karabkh war. "The congress in Shusha will become the Victory Congress," Hajiyev said.

Following its victory over Armenia in the 44-day war in 2020, Azerbaijan has organized a number of international and domestic events in Shusha.

Shusha was occupied by Armenian forces on May 8, 1992, and liberated by Azerbaijan during the 44-day war on November 8, 2020. Shusha was declared Azerbaijan’s cultural capital by the presidential decree on May 7.