The Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Kuwait H.E. Elkhan Gahraman hosted a reception on 14 May at the Marina Hotel to celebrate his country’s National Day, and the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic.

The Kuwait Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Adel Al-Kharafi, who was the chief guest on the occasion, lauded the exceptional relations between Azerbaijan and Kuwait. He pointed to the many avenues of cooperation pursued between the two countries.

In his address to the gathering, the Ambassador Gahraman lauded the leadership of former president Heydar Aliyev for his efforts in modernization of the country, which is being pursued by the current president. He elucidated, “Nowadays our country has made achievements in all domains. Under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan has become a leading power in the region, registering the highest growth rates and is counted among the best performing economies in the world, and is a country that is highly respected in the world.” The ambassador added that the government remains committed to creating an enabling environment that sustains Azerbaijan’s internal development and ensures the continued social-economic growth and improving the quality of life of Azerbaijani people.”

Lauding the close ties between Kuwait and Azerbaijan, he said, “High level visits between Kuwait and Azerbaijan have provided ample opportunities to reaffirm friendships and explore new cooperation avenues. Today cooperation between Kuwait and Azerbaijan is in the process of constant development through joint actions and mutual visits involving government officials, business groups and wider public.”

The Ambassador reiterated the positives of his country’ that has led to an increase in tourism, he noted, “Developing infrastructure, improving service sector, similarities in culture and most importantly safe leisure in the land embodying mixture of east and west are the main components that attract tourists to Azerbaijan. Simplification of the visa procedures at all international airports led to the growth of the tourist flows from all Arab countries. Six direct charter flights carried out by Azerbaijani Airlines in 2017 allowed more than 17000 tourists from Kuwait to visit Azerbaijan. Kuwait’s airline Jazeera Airways already announced direct passenger flights to Azerbaijan starting 23rd June 2017 with a further twice a week flight schedule. “

He concluded by saying, “Kuwait-Azerbaijan relations have witnessed remarkable development in recent years. This demonstrates that the political leadership of the two countries are determined to further develop and expand the bilateral ties.“

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