Turkey, Ukraine celebrate Azerbaijan on Republic Day

Canan Kevser
28 May 2021, 18:31
Volodymyr Zelensky and Ilham Aliyev
Canan Kevser
28 May 2021, 18:31

Top officials from Turkey and Ukraine congratulates Azerbaijan, as the country marks the 103rd anniversary of its establishment.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has congratulated Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and expressed his hope for Aliyev's participation in the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.

"Congratulations to Ilham Aliyev on Republic Day. I appreciate the strategic partnership between our states. Ukraine supports Azerbaijan's territorial integrity. Look forward to continuing dialogue on bilateral partnership & your participation in marking the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence," Zelensky wrote on Twitter.

"Congratulations on the anniversary of the foundation of Azerbaijan, the friendly and brotherly country that declared its independence on May 28, 1918," Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Twitter, showing Azerbaijani and Turkish flags fluttering together.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also congratulated Azerbaijan on its Republic Day on Twitter, saying: "The glorious Azerbaijani flag is flying on the lands liberated from occupation on May 28! Live happily with your tricolor flag, Dear Azerbaijan!"

Azerbaijan's Establishment

The Azerbaijani National Council, headed by Mammad Amin Rasulzadeh, declared the independent Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in Tbilisi, Georgia on May 28, 1918, becoming the first democratic republic of the East.

Ottoman Empire and newly-formed Azerbaijan signed an agreement of friendship and cooperation the same year. Rasulzadeh inked the agreement on behalf of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan first declared independence from the Russian Tsar regime but was occupied by the Soviet Union after a short period of two years.

On Aug. 30, 1991, four months before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the modern Republic of Azerbaijan declared its independence.

The country celebrates May 28 as Republic Day since 1990.