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Friday, 23 September 2016 10:00

Bulgaria and Azerbaijan currently enjoy strategic partnership relations – Mehriban Aliyeva

Bulgaria and Azerbaijan currently enjoy strategic partnership relations – Mehriban Aliyeva

The opening ceremony of the Trapezitsa Architectural Museum Reserve, whose restoration was funded by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, was held in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, on September 22. The Azerbaijani First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva and Vice-President of the Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the event, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to Azertag.

At the ceremony Mehriban Aliyeva congratulated the people of Bulgaria on the occasion of the country's Independence Day. She as well congratulated them on the opening of the Trapezitsa Architectural Museum Reserve after restoration.

“Trapezitsa Reserve is the national wealth of the Bulgarian people, and is also part of the European cultural heritage. That's why I want to reiterate that we and our Foundation are very proud that we contributed to the restoration of this historical and cultural heritage of world significance”, Mehriban Aliyeva said.

“Azerbaijan and Bulgaria currently enjoy the very strong relations based on mutual respect, mutual interest. The Azerbaijan-Bulgaria relations have the nature of strategic partnership, and they are developing at all levels. I believe this project will contribute to the strengthening of bilateral Azerbaijan-Bulgaria ties”, Mehriban Aliyeva said.

Addressing the event, Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov highlighted the development of “friendly” ties between the two countries. He expressed his gratitude to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva and the Foundation's Vice-President Leyla Aliyeva for renovation of Trapezitsa Reserve. He described the event as a strong bridge of friendship between the two countries. Boyko Borisov noted that the ancient cultural monument, which was restored through support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, would contribute to the development of the Azerbaijan-Bulgaria friendship.

It stands to mention that the Agreement “On conservation and restoration of the Trapezitsa Architectural Museum Reserve and construction and repair of its technical infrastructure” was signed in Sofia on May 27, 2015.

Under the agreement, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation carried out the restoration and preservation of the 158-meter long Western Wall of a historic monument, the construction of 880-meter long tourist alley, the creation and provision of a cultural centre, the repair and preservation of three churches on the territory, and the creation of a transportation infrastructure for visitors.

On the same day (September 22) Azerbaijan’s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva received diplomas of an honorary citizen of the Bulgarian city of Veliko Tarnovo and an honorary doctor of St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo at Renascence and Constituent Assembly museum in Veliko Tarnovo.

In her speech, Mehriban Aliyeva said: “At the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, we are very happy to have been able to contribute to the restoration of the national heritage of the Bulgarian people.”

She said the ties between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan are the strategic partnership relations and the two countries successfully cooperate in many large-scale projects, particularly in energy projects.

Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov said the people of a Christian Bulgaria were very happy that a Muslim Azerbaijan restored a religious and cultural monument in their country.

“The Heydar Aliyev Foundation has made a reality the 132-year-old dream of the Bulgarian people”, he stressed.

Mehriban Aliyeva then was presented with the diploma and robe of an honorary doctor of St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo.

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