Congratulatory letter of Heydar Aliyev to the Second Assembly of the Azerbaijani Women - September 27, 2003

Distinguished participants of the assembly!

I congratulate you on the occasion of the Second Assembly of the Azerbaijani Women!

The role of women has always been highly appreciated in the Azerbaijani society. We have been proud of the morals and the intellect of our women. The Azerbaijani women with their beauty, purity and patience have become symbol of bravery. They have been praised in our literature. There were very talented poetesses, brave female rulers, famous female thinkers in our history. We are proud that our women hold worthy position among the women of the world like their predecessors.

Since the last assembly five years ago, remarkable achievements in political, economic and cultural life of our republic have been reached. The process of integration of Azerbaijan in to the world community is under way. Azerbaijan joined large-scale international projects and started to take an active part in the settlement of the problems facing the mankind. Strongly supporting our state, our women contribute to the development and progress in Azerbaijan.

This assembly is the first one for the Azerbaijani women in the 21st century. I am sure that the assembly which understands its mission in the society, will be a new stage in the movement of the Azerbaijani women and encourage them to achieve new successes.

I wish the Assembly successes. I wish every Azerbaijani woman the best!

Heydar Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.