10:12 16 July

Days of Azerbaijani culture end in Italy, first lady Mehriban Aliyeva attends closing ceremony – PHOTOSESSION

Baku-APA. The Days of Azerbaijani culture in Italy have culminated with a grand ceremony at Auditorium Parco della Musica complex in Rome.
The closing ceremony was attended by Azerbaijani first lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva and the Foundation`s vice-president Leyla Aliyeva, APA reports quoting “AzerTAc” agency.

The event, initiated by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, was supported by Azerbaijan`s embassy to Italy and the Office of the Mayor of Rome. Prior to the ceremony the Azerbaijani first lady had a meeting with Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno.

The Mayor of Rome said he was well aware of Mehriban Aliyeva`s activity. Gianni Alemanno stressed the importance of developing the Azerbaijan-Italy cultural relations. He said the newly-launched Baku-Rome flight was a goo opportunity for him to familiarize himself with the Azerbaijani capital.

Mehriban Aliyeva thanked the Mayor of Rome for his assistance in erecting a monument to great Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi in the Italian capital. She hailed the organization of the Days of Azerbaijani culture in Italy, emphasizing the importance of arranging such events in the future.

The Mayor of Rome presented the Azerbaijani first lady with a keepsake.
Speaking to the closing ceremony Azerbaijani ambassador in Rome Vagif Sadigov said the Days of Azerbaijani culture were a success. He expressed confidence the Days would contribute to developing the relations between Azerbaijan and Italy.

The ambassador said Italy was one of the main trade partners of Azerbaijan.

Vagif Sadigov hailed the humanitarian cooperation between the two countries. The Mayor of Rome said much had been done recently to develop the Azerbaijan-Italy relations.

Gianni Alemanno said the erection of the Nizami Ganjavi monument in Rome would contribute to deepening the two countries` cultural cooperation.

The ceremony featured a gala concert involving the Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble and Buta chamber choir, which performed Azerbaijani folk songs and compositions.

The Days of Azerbaijani culture in Italy kicked off at the Carignano theatre in Torino on April 16, and then continued in Milan and Venice before closing in capital Rome.

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