Yesterday (monday, 29 April 2019) was a very special day, because the Azerbaijan Embassy in Indonesia held the Celebration of the 101st anniversary of the proclamation of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, and also celebrate the 100 years of Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan. I feel honored to be part of this celebration, especially when the National Anthem of Indonesia and Azerbaijan was echoed. My heart fluttering. Although I don’t know what is the meaning of the song, but I can feel the spirit of Azerbaijan nationalism.
“In order to maintain your honor,
In order to elevate your flag,
In order to maintain your honor,
The young are intended sententiously!
The glorious Homeland, The glorious Homeland,
(English Translation of Azerbaijan National Anthem,
Source : Wikipedia)
More than 200 distinguished guests come to Bali Room, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski. There are Mr Ruslan Nasibov as Charge d’affairs of Azerbaijan embassy in Indonesia, Prof. Dr Muhajir Effendy as the Minister of Education and Culture of Indonesia, Sofyan Djalil as is the Minister of Agriculture and Land Planning, and also Meutya Hafid (DPR-RI & Golkar Fraction).
Keynote Statement of Mr. Ruslan Nasibov : Azerbaijan’s Rapid Development
Mr. Ruslan Nasibov open the event by giving a speech about Azerbaijan country and also the condition of Azerbaijan Nowadays. Azerbaijan is a landlocked country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Around 97% of the population are Muslims, 85% of the Muslims are Shia Muslims and 15% Sunni Muslims, and the Republic of Azerbaijan has the second highest Shia population percentage in the world.
On 28 May 1918 Azerbaijan declared its independence establishing the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. it was the first parliamentary democracy in the Muslim world, which is granted all people the rights to vote regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, and religion. Azerbaijan become the first country in the world who give women equal political rights. However, in April 28, 1920 the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was overthrown by the Bolsheviks and later inclusion of Azerbaijan into the Soviet Union.
On 24 of August 2007, The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev signed an Order on the Diplomatic Service Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan to be celebrated on July 9. After long restoration, Azerbaijan raised a rapid economic development. In the last fifteen years, the proverty level decreased to 5,4 percent and Azerbaijan population reached 20 million people. 15,000 km of roads and highways were built in Azerbaijan during last 15 years. The country is ranked 34th by quality of road infrastructure in the assessment of the Davos World Economic Forum. The spectacular city race of Formula one SOCAR Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019 also held in Baku.
Bilateral Relationship Between Indonesia and Azerbaijan
Bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Indonesia have been developing quickly and dynamically since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992. This year Azerbaijan Assumes chairmanship in Non-Alignment movement and will host Summit of NAM on 21-26 October 2019 under theme “NAM Baku Summit: Upholding the Bandung Principles, to ensure a concerted and adequate response to the challenges of a contemporary world”
This year, Azerbaijan for the first time participated the “Europe on Screen” film festival held in eight cities of Indonesia from 18 to 30 April. a film from Azerbaijan, “Ali and Nino”, which has a team of producers comprising the famous Kris Thykier and Vice-President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva as Executive Producer, is based on the eponymous bestseller of Qurban Said.
In this special day, Azerbaijan made collaboration with Post Indonesia to inaugurating post stamp especially on the Occasion of 100 years of Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan. I hope there will be more collaboration between Indonesia and Azerbaijan In many sector, and will be eager to work together to explore more opportunities for the upcoming years.
Semoga Azerbaijan tetap berjaya dan semakin makmur
Semoga Indonesia tetap berjaya dan semakin makmur