First Vice-President of Azerbaijan, First Lady of the Republic, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva expressed her gratitude to Russian President Vladimir Putin for awarding her with the Order of Friendship.
"I express my heartfelt gratitude for high appreciation of my activity to develop the ties of friendship between Azerbaijan and Russia and for the honorary award of the Russian Federation - the Order of Friendship," she said.
"Relations between our two countries cover many areas. These relations have reached the level of strategic partnership. The cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia is based on centuries-old foundations. Azerbaijan and Russia are building their relations on the principles of peace, mutual respect and good neighborliness. Our friendship and effective partnership fully meet the interests of our countries and peoples, and contribute to peace and stability in the region," the First Vice-President of Azerbaijan noted.
"Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, I would like to once again extend my sincere gratitude to you for the honorary award. I wish you good health, happiness and successes, and the people of Russia all the best, peace and prosperity," Mehriban Aliyeva concluded.
On August 13, Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of Friendship to Mehriban Aliyeva "for her services in developing and strengthening Russian-Azerbaijani relations."