The Azerbaijani Embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia organized a reception in Riyadh on occasion of December 31 – the Solidarity Day of World Azerbaijanis, Azertac reported.
The event brought together Turkish Ambassador Yunus Demirer and representatives of Turkish Diaspora, businessmen and compatriots living in Saudi Arabia.
The event began with a performance of the national anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Then a minute of silence was held in blessed memory of the national leader of Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev.
Ambassador Rasim Rzayev congratulated the event participants on the Solidarity Day of World Azerbaijanis and spoke of the importance of this holiday, which was founded at the initiative of national leader Heydar Aliyev in 1991.
The ambassador noted that the Solidarity Day represents the unity of the Azerbaijani people and fully justifies itself as an important step towards the protection of the compatriots living in different countries of the world.
Emphasizing the increasing influence of Azerbaijan in the international arena thanks to the activity of the national leader’s worthy successor President Ilham Aliyev, Rzayev presented the results of policies aimed at solving the problems of compatriots living abroad.
The diplomat named the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the restoration of the territorial integrity of the country as the most important problem of Azerbaijan and called the world Azerbaijanis to continue attempts of confronting provocations and propaganda directed against the country.
The reception continued with speeches by compatriots living and working in various fields in Saudi Arabia. It was noted that the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis has become a national holiday of the Azerbaijani people and represents the basic idea of the unity of the Azerbaijanis, respect for national and spiritual values, feelings, and ideas associated with attachment to historical homeland.
The participants of the evening were given detailed information about the work done by the Embassy in 2016, and they were urged to immediately contact the Embassy in case of occurrence of any problems.
During the reception videos reflecting modern Azerbaijan were shown and popular folk songs were sounded. The event continued with a banquet.