President Aliyev visits monument to ADR (UPDATE)

By: Aynur Karimova

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visited the monument, which was erected on Istiglaliyyat Street in Baku as the tribute to the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on May 27, on the occasion of the Republic Day.

A guard of honor was lined up around the monument.

President Aliyev laid a wreath at the monument.

Later, President Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended an official reception on the occasion of the Republic Day held in the Buta Palace.

The head of state made a speech at the reception.

May 28, 1918, marks the establishment of the ADR, the first independent republic and democratic state on the East. It went down in the chronicles of the Azerbaijani nation as a great and historic event.

In its short 23 months of existence, the ADR, which set the goal of building an independent, free, and democratic republic, managed to return national consciousness to the Azerbaijani people and demonstrated that it was able to determine its destiny itself.

Though it existed only for 23 months, the ADR’s government reached major progress in foreign policy and introduced Azerbaijan to the international community.

Azerbaijan, which gained its independence in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, celebrates May 28 annually as the Republic Day.

SOURCE: Azer News