The President of the Republic of Moldova (2001-2009), statesman and politician Voronin Vladimir Nikolaevich was awarded the “Friend of Azerbaijan” Golden Order, instituted by “My Azerbaijan” international magazine in the capital of Moldova – Chisinau (Kishinev).
The order was presented to Vladimir Voronin by the editor-in-chief of “My Azerbaijan” international magazine Emil Nasirli and Aurelia Grigoriu, Honorary Chairman of «My Azerbaijan” international magazine, Chairman of the Public Chamber of Moldova.
Noting the successful development of relations between Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova, editor-in-chief Emil Nasirli emphasized the good political ties between our countries. During the conversation, Emil Nasirli said: “Dear Vladimir Nikolaevich! You were the President of independent Moldova for two terms, from 2001 to 2009. I remember well your official visit to Azerbaijan in October 2004. During the visit, 9 documents were signed. In addition, you issued a Joint Statement together with our President Ilham Aliyev. This visit once again demonstrated the friendly relations between Moldova and Azerbaijan, between our peoples. In April 2005, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev paid an official visit to Moldova, during which 5 mutually beneficial for our countries documents were signed. It is encouraging that it was during these years of cooperation between the two countries that the Azerbaijani diaspora and community were finally organizationally formed in Moldova. Azerbaijanis – citizens of Moldova, living in this beautiful country for whom Moldova has become a second homeland, enjoy equal rights along with other citizens.
The editor-in-chief cited many examples of true friendship between the Azerbaijani and Moldovan peoples, noted a rich history of cooperation in the economic, educational, cultural, sport and financial spheres.
With a feeling of great gratitude, we recall everything that happened in the past in the relationship between our peoples and republics – said Emil Nasirli and added that much has been done in this regard by workers of culture, art, science, writers, composers, artists of Moldova and Azerbaijan. There are many examples of close cooperation, sincere friendship that existed in the past between the workers of our culture and science – the editor-in-chief noted.
Speaking about the Azerbaijani-Moldovan relations, Aurelia Grigoriu, Honorary Chairman of “My Azerbaijan” international magazine, said: “Moldova is one of the most important partner countries for Azerbaijan. Undoubtedly, there are historical, geopolitical and economic factors that determine the nature of today’s relationship. In my opinion, it is important that our peoples are linked by bonds of sincere and strong friendship. A huge contribution to the development of bilateral friendly relations is being made by the Heydar Aliyev International Foundation, led by the Vice-President of Azerbaijan, First Lady – Mehriban Aliyeva. It should be noted that the Fund supports many cultural projects organized and implemented in Moldova, for example, the construction of a cultural and educational center, a sports complex, and others, in Gagauzia.
Peaceful, safe and free life of thousands of Azerbaijanis in Moldova is a clear indicator of mutual understanding and mutual respect between our peoples. Of course, relationship between our states has also sound foundation. We have close cooperation within the framework of the activities of many international organizations. At the same time, I would like our bilateral relations to develop intensively in the future. I would like to note that the restoration of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, the victory in the Karabakh war is a soruce of pride and justice. Vladimir Nikolaevich Voronin, being the President of Moldova, purposefully and consistently supported the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, actively promoting the restoration of the territorial integrity of Moldova.”
Then the editor-in-chief Emil Nasirli presented the “Friend of Azerbaijan” Golden Order to Mr. Vladimir Voronin and added that looking at your meaningful and glorious life path, we highly value you as a noble person, we appreciate your kind attitude to people, ability to communicate, high culture, adherence to principles, a sense of faith in the future and attentiveness. Azerbaijan highly appreciates your activity to strengthen the Azerbaijani – Moldovan friendship,” Emil Nasirli said.
The editor-in-chief also said that Vladimir Voronin was elected an honorary member of the international magazine “My Azerbaijan” and presented Vladimir Voronin with a “Certificate of Honorary Membership”.
Vladimir Voronin expressed satisfaction with the fact that cooperation has risen to the level of strategic partnership. He said that the Republic of Moldova is interested in developing relations with the Republic of Azerbaijan, and also highlighted the successful development of bilateral relations.
Vladimir Voronin thanked “My Azerbaijan” International magazine for the award. He stressed that the projects jointly implemented by Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova serve to further strengthen their cooperation.