An official reception dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR) was organised in London by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Azerbaijani Embassy in the United Kingdom.
It was attended b executive director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alakbarov, co-chair of the England-Azerbaijan Society Nargiz Pashayeva, as well as members of the diplomatic missions accredited in the UK, government agencies and parliament, businessmen.
Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Kingdom Tahir Tagizade addressed the reception. He spoke about the history and successes achieved by the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, which became the first democratic republic in the Muslim East. The ambassador noted that the ADR established diplomatic relations with the leading countries of the world in just 23 months of its existence. The diplomat stressed that the republic, which restored its independence in 1991, is recognized worldwide as a developing democratic state, conducting a successful domestic and foreign policy.
Speaking about the rapidly developing relations between Azerbaijan and the UK in political, economic, cultural and other spheres, Tahir Tagizade said that the UK is a reliable partner for Azerbaijan and strong cooperation has been established between the two countries in the last 27 years.
At the reception, it was noted that Azerbaijan carries out joint activities with the UK on various international platforms, as well as the fact that the last visit of President Ilham Aliyev to London contributed to the development of bilateral relations.
UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy Baroness Emma Nicholson congratulated the participants of the event and the Azerbaijani people on the 100th anniversary of ADR. She called the establishment of the first democratic republic in the East 10 years ago an important historic event. Emma Nicholson expressed satisfaction with the level of development of relations between the two countries. She drew attention to the fact that relations between Azerbaijan and UK develop not only in the energy sphere, but also in the educational, cultural, military and other ones.
Photographs and documents, video and audio materials on the history of ADR were presented at the exhibition, organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, as well as a documentary film on the history of ADR.