By Vafa Ismayilova
Azerbaijani presidential aide Hikmat Hajiyev has hailed President Ilham Aliyev for ensuring Azerbaijan's victory in the 2020 Nagorno-Karbakh war. Hajiyev made the remarks in his Twitter account on December 24 that marks Ilham Aliyev's 59th birthday.
"Today is the birthday of victorious Commander-in-Chief, President Ilham Aliyev. As the builder of a strong Azerbaijani state, President Ilham Aliyev ended our people's longing for Karabakh and having ensured our Victory in the [44-day Karabakh] war, he became the author of the heroic leader chronicle of our history," Hajiyev wrote.
On his birthday, Aliyev received phone calls and congratulatory letters from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders and representatives of a number of other countries, including Croatia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, among others.
Ilham Aliyev's presidency has been marked with Azerbaijan's strengthened position politically and economically on international and local levels. Ilham Aliyev also led Azerbaijan into victory during the 44-day-war over occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region, putting an end to the 30-year-old conflict with Armenia.
The war between September 27 and November 10 ended with a Russian-brokered trilateral peace deal that stipulated the return of Azerbaijan’s occupied regions of Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin. Before the signing of the peace deal, the Azerbaijani Army liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers and historic Shusha city.
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