Family values are deep-rooted in Azerbaijan, and have been passed down from generation to generation since time immemorial. Care of youngsters, and respect for the elderly are cherished traditions in our country.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and family members met, March 19, Umid Habibov, an11-year old Ganja resident.
On March 19, President Ilham Aliyev and Mrs Mehriban Aliyev invited Umid Habibov to a tea table on the occasion of his birthday.
President Ilham Aliyev:Hello.
Mehriban Aliyeva:Hello. Congratulations. How are you?
Umid Habibov:Thank you, I’m well.
Mehriban Aliyeva:Let us get photographed.
President Ilham Aliyev:We met last year in Ganja. Then you invited us to your birthday. I had promised I would try to come to your birthday. But you see, today we are celebrating Novruz Bayram, therefore I could not come. Now I’ve invited you to Baku, and you have come.
Umid Habibov:I would like to congratulate you on upcoming Novruz Bayram. I wish You always to be at the head of our country.
President Ilham Aliyev:Thank you. Happy holiday. Please pass on my congratulations to all residents of Ganja. You are a good boy. I ‘ve heard you are studying well. I’m glad talented young people are brought up in our country. In future, our country will be led by children like you. We have some gifts in connection with your birthday. I would like to present this watch to you.
Mehriban Aliyeva:This watch is a souvenir. Here it’s written: “To your birthday”.
President Ilham Aliyevsaid, presenting the souvenir:It is similar to my watch. Although not the same, but looks like it.
Umid Habibov:The fact that You have invited me to the PresidentialPalace and met me is the biggest souvenir for me.
Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva too presented souvenirs to Umid Habibov.
Then the President and family members talked with Umid Habibov around a tea table.
Umid Habibov:Thank You, Mister President, if I’m not mistaken, on March 17, You laid the foundation of TANAP Project in Turkey’s Kars city. I wish successes to You and our country. Mehriban khanum, yesterday you attended, together with the President, inauguration of the Baku Olympic Stadium. I was watching you on TV. I would like to congratulate you on the occasion of the first European Games. The first Games will be held in our country. I would like to congratulate sportsmen of our country and wish them successes.
President Ilham Aliyev:You too, come to the Games.
Mehriban Aliyeva:We invite you to the Games. Come and see the opening and all competitions.
President Ilham Aliyev:I see you have been watching our activity. You talked about TANAP. All the Azerbaijani people and children like you will benefit from this project in future.
Mehriban Aliyeva:What form are you studying in now?
Umid Habibov:In the fifth form.
Mehriban Aliyeva:You are going to finish the fifth form soon. Do you study foreign languages?
Umid Habibov:Yes. Until the forth form, I was not studying so well. As you know, having passed exams at School-Lycée No.27 in Ganja for the class of children with special talents, I was admitted to it. After the forth form, I’ve been studying there.
Mehriban Aliyeva:Do you learn English there?
Umid Habibov:This year, we’ll start learning English and Russian.
Mehriban Aliyeva:Good, you will learn Russian too.
President Ilham Aliyev:You are learning Russian, this is very good. And, in general, how do you study?
Umid Habibov:Lessons are conducted very well.
President Ilham Aliyev:A cake has been baked for you.
Mehriban Aliyeva:You should cut the birthday cake yourself.
Umid Habibov and Mehriban Aliyeva cut the cake.
President Ilham Aliyev:How’s it going in Ganja? Well?
Umid Habibov:Yes, very well. Our city is becoming more beautiful day-by-day.
President Ilham Aliyev:Very good. I visit Ganja each year. Last year we happened to met and that was a very good meeting. I instantly noticed that you were a talented boy, loving his homeland.
Umid Habibov:My father always watches news. I watch them together with him.
President Ilham Aliyev:Have you ever been to Baku?
Umid Habibov:Yes, a few times. I also visited Icherisheher. Although I did not enter the Maiden Tower, I watched it from outside.
President Ilham Aliyev:Very good. Now the Maiden Tower is open after renovation. You can go and see it. There are many interesting places in Baku to visit.
Umid Habibov:Yes, I’ve also acquainted myself with the Heydar Aliyev Center.
Mehriban Aliyeva:There is a motor exhibition, did you see? It is very interesting.
Umid Habibov:Yes, I saw it. I’ve also seen the cars that national leader Heydar Aliyev used.
President Ilham Aliyev: There are a lot of interesting places and historical sites in Ganja too. Now, Ganja is developing rapidly.
Umid Habibov:There are many historical monuments near our school.
Then they were photographed.