BAKU: Aliyev receives delegation of Eurasia foundation

[October 15, 2004, 19:41:12]

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan
Oct 15 2004

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on 15 October at
the President Palace has received delegation of the Washington-based
Eurasia Foundation.

Greeting the guests, Head of the Azerbaijan State spoke of the
accomplishments reached last years in political, economic, social
and other fields in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan’s links with the international organizations, funds
and non-governmental organizations develop day by day, President
Ilham Aliyev noted. “From this standpoint, the visit of the Eurasia
Foundation’s delegation to Azerbaijan serves expansion of these

Dwelling on the relations between Azerbaijan and the United States,
the President stressed intensive development of bilateral ties in
numerous fields.

The President of Azerbaijan also informed on dynamic economic
development of the Country, underlining that growth of GDP, volume
of investments and budget revenues is a good example of consecutive
realization of the economic reforms in Azerbaijan.

Touching upon Armenia’s aggression against the country, Head of the
Azerbaijan State said that the Armenian armed forces have occupied 20
percent of Azerbaijan’s lands, over one million people have become
refugees and IDPs in their homelands. He expressed hope that the
United States as one of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair would increase
its efforts for peace settlement of this conflict.

President Ilham Aliyev wished the visit of the delegation of Eurasia
Foundation to Azerbaijan to be successful.

Expressing his gratitude for sincere reception and kind words, the
Eurasia Fundation chair Mrs. Sarah Carey presented the authoritative
executives and politicians to the Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev,
told of success of their visit to Azerbaijan. She said the Foundation
promotes development of private section of economy, including
small and medium business, civil society and public management. The
Foundation is functioning in Azerbaijan since 1996, and currently
has 12 representations in the CIS space. The Foundation, mainly,
is financed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID)
and gives grants to many organizations in Azerbaijan as well.

Mrs. Sarah Carey gave high assessment to activity of the Foundation’s
representation in Azerbaijan and expressed satisfaction with assistance
of Azerbaijan Government to the Foundation’s activities.

Head of the foreign relations department of President Administration
Novruz Mammadov, US assistant ambassador in Azerbaijan Jason Highland
took part at the reception.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress