Speech by Ilham Aliyev at the opening ceremony of military unit in Kalbajar district

- We are celebrating the Armed Forces Day in Kalbadjar, in the liberated Kalbadjar today. At the same time, a military base of the newly-formed commando forces is opening in Kalbadjar today.Six months ago, on 24 December, the first commando military base was commissioned in the liberated Hadrut. Today we are opening another one of the newly-established commando forces in Kalbadjar. This shows that the process of army building after the Second Karabakh War is in full swing and the commando forces, along with all other armed forces, have all the capabilities to fulfill the tasks facing the country and protect our territorial integrity and our borders.We can be proud of our Armed Forces today. We are celebrating Army Day today as a victorious nation, as a victorious country. During the years of occupation, I always said in numerous meetings with the military - in military units, trenches, the Lalatapa peak and military parades – that we would one day return to our native lands. I have always said that if Armenia did not leave our lands of its own free will, we would resolve the Karabakh issue by military means. And this is precisely what happened. The victorious Azerbaijani Army has fulfilled its historic mission with dignity.We showed the greatness of our people in the Patriotic War, our invincible spirit and our firm resolve. We showed that the Azerbaijani people never intended to come to terms with the occupation. We wanted this issue to be resolved peacefully, which was our

Ilham Aliyev visits Goygol, Kalbadjar and Lachin districts

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has visited Goygol, Kalbadjar and Lachin districts.The head of state viewed the construction of two tunnels on the 13th kilometer of the Toghanali-Kalbadjar highway in Goygol district, attended the opening of the newly built Kalbadjar-1 Small Hydropower Plant and a military unit of the Ministry of Defense in Kalbadjar district. President Ilham Aliyev also viewed the construction of the Kalbadjar-Lachin highway and the work carried out at the 110 kV Gorchu electrical substation in Lachin district.The Hakarichay reservoir project in Lachin district was presented to the head of state. President Ilham Aliyev also got acquainted with the construction of Lachin International Airport.The master plan of the city of Kalbadjar was presented to the head of state.President Ilham Aliyev then laid the foundation stone for the Kalbadjar Occupation and Victory Museums Complex, Kalbadjar Digital Management Center, a water production plant in Kalbadjar district, and visited the Chirag-1 small hydropower plant which is under construction. The head of state was informed about the power plants being built in five locations in the district.President Ilham Aliyev laid a foundation stone for the Istisu sanatorium in Kalbadjar district.The head of state then delivered remarks.

Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended opening ceremony of first stage of “Smart Village” project in Zangilan district

An opening ceremony of the first phase of the "Smart Village" project has been held in Aghali village, Zangilan district.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehrıban Aliyeva attended the ceremony and viewed the conditions.The President and the First Lady then met with the Aghali village residents.The President of Azerbaijan made a speech at the meeting.Remarks by the President Ilham Aliyev- Dear friends, first of all, I congratulate you on the upcoming Independence Day. I wish you and all the people of Azerbaijan lasting prosperity and happiness. On the eve of Independence Day, we are meeting in the village of Aghali, the revived village of Aghali. It has significant symbolic meaning because the reconstruction of Aghali village and its revival into such a modern state depended on strengthening our independence. Today, every citizen of Azerbaijan, and I am sure that everyone in general, can see that the state independence of Azerbaijan is strong, well-founded and a key factor for the happiness of our people.The situation was different when the first Democratic Republic was established. Of course, as a result of the collapse of the Russian Empire, the people of Azerbaijan gained independence 104 years ago. However, the first republic did not last long and fell apart only about two years later. Many essential steps were indeed taken, and we always respect the memory of the founding father of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. But at the same time

Azerbaijan Army units enter Lachin city

“Under the instruction of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev, the Azerbaijan Army units took complete control of the city of Lachin, as well as Zabukh and Sus settlements,” the Ministry of Defense reports.“Currently, measures to deploy the Azerbaijan Army units to new deployment points, as well as carry out the necessary engineering work are underway in these territories,” the ministry said.

Azerbaijan`s national flag raised in Lachin city

On August 26, the national flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan was raised in the city of Lachin.Commander of the army corps, Major General Kanan Seyidov reported to President, Victorious Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev.He said: “The Esteemed President, Mr. Victorious Commander-in-Chief! The Azerbaijani Army has taken full control of the city of Lachin, as well as Zabukh and Sus villages, in line with your directives. The national flag of Azerbaijan waves in the center of the city of Lachin. Long live Azerbaijan! Long live the Victorious Commander-in-Chief! Karabakh is Azerbaijan!”

President Ilham Aliyev: Today, on 26 August, we – the Azerbaijanis - have returned to the city of Lachin

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has made a post on the city of Lachin on his official Twitter account. “Today, on August 26, we – the Azerbaijanis - have returned to the city of Lachin. Azerbaijan’s Army is now stationed in the city of Lachin. The villages of Zabukh and Sus were taken under control.I congratulate all the residents of Lachin and the people of Azerbaijan on this occasion.Long live Lachin!Long live Azerbaijan!”

Foundation stone laid for “Istisu” mineral water plant in Kalbadjar

A groundbreaking ceremony for the “Istisu” mineral water plant was held in Kalbajar on 26 June.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the ceremony.The Head of the President’s Administrative Affairs Department, Ramin Guluzade, informed the President of the work to be done.The plan was to build lines for producing glass and plastic bottles at the plant. The plant will produce 327,000 bottles of mineral water per day and 95 million bottles per year. As for the water source, a new well was drilled at a depth of 200 meters. The temperature at the outlet is 60-65 degrees.President Ilham Aliyev laid the foundation for the “Istisu” mineral water plant in Kalbadjar.The water of the “Istisu” spring used to be distinguished by its chemical composition and physical properties. Laboratory tests have shown that a liter of water with a mineral content of 6.7 grams is rich in lithium, bromine, iodine, arsenic, phosphorus, zinc, copper, nickel, magnesium, iron and other chemicals. Water from these springs was used to treat gastrointestinal tract, liver, gallbladder and other diseases.According to statistics, 33 percent of the total mineral water reserves in Azerbaijan are located in Kalbadjar and Lachin districts. The daily water reserve in these districts is 7393 cubic meters, of which Lachin accounts for 42 and Kalbajar for 5 percent.

Foundation stone for Kalbadjar Digital Management Center laid

On 26 June, a foundation stone for Kalbadjar Digital Management Center was laid.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the ceremony.The head of state was informed that large-scale work to supply electricity to facilities of special state significance and military units in Kalbadjar district is currently underway.It was noted that despite difficult conditions and the fact that Kalbadjar is located in a high mountainous area, the work by "Azerishig" Open Joint-Stock Company is underway.