18 years have passed since the election of Ilham Aliyev, a prominent statesman and the new Leader of the new century [why not millennium? or Millennium?], as President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. On October 15, 2003, Ilham Aliyev, a worthy successor of the political course of the great leader Heydar Aliyev, was elected President of Azerbaijan, gaining the trust of our people, and thus a new stage in the development of our country began.
At the peak of 18 years, of course, there is the Patriotic War, which resulted in the liberation of our occupied lands and the restoration of our territorial integrity. The Karabakh Victory, won under the leadership of President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev, has been written in golden letters in the heroic history of our people. Azerbaijan has become a victorious country, our people have become a victorious people. Thanks to this victory, new realities have emerged in the region.
If we look at the history, we can see that over the past 18 years, consistent measures have been taken to increase the combat capability of the Azerbaijani Army and strengthen the material and technical base of the Armed Forces. As a result, the Azerbaijani Army is among the 50 strongest armies in the world. It was this army, under the mighty command of its Supreme Commander-in-Chief, that on September 27, 2020…launched a war of liberation and achieved astonishing military success.
This war, which has a special place in the world military history, revealed another quality of President Ilham Aliyev – his commanding skills….
Today, Azerbaijan, led by President Ilham Aliyev, is recognized in the world as the initiator and successful executor of many transnational projects, a reliable partner. The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan main export oil pipeline, the Southern Gas Corridor to deliver Azerbaijani gas to Europe, the TAP project, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway connecting Europe with Asia, the East-West and North-South international transport corridors have turned our country into an energy and transport hub. [This is why the pan-Turkic megalomaniac is tolerated, even embraced, by most of the world.]