In the name of the Supreme Almighty!
Esteemed and dear Compatriots!
I address my Compatriots living in different countries of the world, and sincerely congratulate all of you on the occasion of the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis, wishing you all the best and blessings of our Almighty Creator.
This year we celebrate the second anniversary of the Karabakh Victory in our Just War for the sake of restoration of historical justice, and this is a source of honor and pride for every Azerbaijani. With the blessing of Almighty Allah, and under the leadership of our victorious Commander-in-Chief, the President Ilham Aliyev, the glorious Army of Azerbaijan accomplished the honorable mission of restoring our territorial integrity. Heroically fighting for the liberation of the Azerbaijani lands, trampled by the enemy, our Army inscribed a glorious page in world military history, by storming the Shusha fortress and raising the Flag of Azerbaijan on our ancestral lands. We pray for Allah to let the souls of all our heroic soldiers and officers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the Homeland and raised to the level of martyrdom, and to heal our brave veterans!
Thanks Allah, our every-year wish to celebrate our holidays in the Cidir Duzu plain of Shusha, which we have been longing for 30 years, has been bestowed to us. Shusha, which was declared the Cultural Capital of Azerbaijan in 2022, is a blessed place where important international events are held, and it has also been awarded the title of the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World in 2023. Following the Shusha Declaration, which became an important historical achievement of the fraternal alliance of the one nation - two states - Azerbaijan and Turkey, the Council of Heads of the Muslim Religious Administrations of the Organization of Turkic States was established and its first Declaration was adopted in Shusha this year, to become the embodiment of Turkish-Islamic solidarity and to have a special symbolic meaning; that is our great spiritual success. Also this year, Shusha has hosted the 5th Congress of World Azerbaijanis. I am sure that this event, engraved in History as the Victory Congress in the address of our pride - Shusha, was of special importance for all our compatriots. Next year we will solemnly celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Leader Heydar Aliyev, who founded the tradition of celebrating of the Solidarity Day of Azerbaijanis and initiated the first Congress.
Dear Compatriots! The large-scale construction works being consistently implementing in regard with the bitter consequences of Armenian vandalism on the lands of Azerbaijan, to restore the brutally destroyed cities and villages, as well as our historical, cultural and religious monuments, make us extremely happy. The whole world is a witness to the traditional attention and care that President Ilham Aliyev and the First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva approach to the high spiritual values of our people. The laying of the foundation of a new magnificent mosque in Shusha, and the international airports that started operating in Fuzuli and Zangilan; the Victory Road leading to Shusha, and the new Lachin road; the industrial facilities and the modern Agaly village that already welcomed its first residents, increase our confidence in the strength and power of our State and optimism for the future. We are sure, that with the help of Almighty Allah, and outstanding efforts of our wise Head of State, our lands liberated from the occupation will be reborn and the Great Return will come true very soon.
    Dear compatriots! Taking the opportunity to express my greetings on the Solidarity Day, which is of the great importance for each of us, I would like to hit an important reality. For decades the World Azerbaijanis have shown a great sacrifice for the sake of our Victory. To extend the results of our Glorious Victory in all spheres of life, we should make more efforts on the Nation scale, and be organized with full of power to repel the propaganda, provocations and smear campaigns of Armenians and pro-Armenian provocateurs who still do not give up their chauvinistic and insidious intentions. We should not disregard the fact that the Armenian military and political circles, the Armenian church, and the diaspora, as well as certain countries that support them and notorious fanatics, are purposefully setting up the Armenian people for revanchism and a new war. After the signing of the Tripartite Declaration of the leaders of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia on November 9, 2020, sabotage is still being carried out in our territories liberated from occupation, and the land mines produced in Armenia in 2021 are being found installed in our lands. Despite the provisions of the above-mentioned Declaration, the Armenian military units still not removed from the territory of Azerbaijan. At the meantime, Lachin road - a sovereign territory of Azerbaijan, recognized by the international community, that remains open for humanitarian purposes, is being used for illegal transportation of new weapons and land mines and transition of provocateurs, thus, the separatist regime receives support from abroad. Azerbaijan's "Kyzilbulag" gold field and "Demirli" copper-molybdenum field are being illegally exploited, our plundered natural resources are taken out of the country, and the ecology is being damaged. Quite rightly, all of this is a cause for deep concern of the Azerbaijani society. Meanwhile, false and slanderous anti-Azerbaijani propaganda is spreading by the Armenian side, especially by Echmiadzin and the Church of Cilicia regarding the peaceful protesting action of Azerbaijani non-governmental organizations and representatives of the civil society, ecologists and young people on the Shusha-Khankendi Road, going on there for more than two weeks. Armenian propaganda tries to describe the incident as "a blockade of Armenians, a humanitarian disaster", and a "policy of ethnic cleansing against the Armenian people". Due to the short awareness of certain political and social circles, in some of the cases this false information is referred to by them. In the video recordings taken at the protest action site, it is obviously seen that humanitarian trucks and ambulances may freely pass without any hindering by the protesters. The unequivocal position of the Azerbaijan state regarding the Lachin Road, located in the Azerbaijani territory, recognized by the world community, is that this road can be used for civilian and humanitarian purposes, not for military or any illegal activities.
The entire world is witnessing results of Armenian vandalism, committed war crimes during the occupation, genocide against Azerbaijanis in Khojaly, purposefully wiped our cities and villages off the face of the earth, deliberately scorched earth and rendered it unusable, poisoned our water basins, destroyed cemeteries, demolished mosques and churches. However, Turkophobic and Islamophobic circles are insidiously conducting a smear campaign against Azerbaijan over the world. I call on all Azerbaijanis of the world, regardless of their religion and ethnicity, to rally and unite around President Ilham Aliyev to withstand against that and convey real truth to the international community. The struggle for verity and justice must continue at the level of international institutions, in the field of diplomacy, on the basis of global economic projects - for the sake of the Motherland. It`s time of rally and unity, as commanded by our Almighty Creator, for the sake of Azerbaijan, for the future victories of our Nation, for our greater success on the international scale!
Dear compatriots! I cordially congratulate all of you on the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis and the upcoming New Year, wishing to each of you and your families happiness and success, and I pray for blessings from the Almighty over you. May Almighty Allah bless us, protect our people, our independent state and our wise Head of State, may Him protect our Azerbaijan! Amen!
              Baku, December 28, 2022

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