Last Speech of Iranian President: “Enemies Do Not Want the Development of Azerbaijan or Iran”

Any issue that threatens the security of the border between the two countries can also pose a threat to us. We try to turn our borders into borders of hope. We try not to be concerned about borders.

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A ceremony to commission the "Khudafarin" hydroelectric complex and inaugurate the "Giz Galasi" hydroelectric complex on the Araz River was held on May 19 with participation of Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, along with key members of the government, attended the ceremony to commission the “Khudafarin” hydroelectric complex and inaugurate the “Giz Galasi” hydroelectric complex. Tragically, a few hours after the event, his helicopter met with an accident in which he lost his life. Here is his final speech:

Praise be to God, who created the earth and the world. I congratulate you on the birthday of Imam Reza alayhissalam. I convey my greetings and respect to the dear people of Iran and Azerbaijan. I do hope that we will benefit from the mercy and grace of Imam Reza.

It is indeed a very auspicious day, full of blessings. It is the opening ceremony of “Khudafarin” and “Giz Galasi” dams. It is a very important and very blessed day. This is a very memorable and historic day for the dear and valuable people living in Azerbaijan and Iran, especially for our peoples living in the East Azerbaijan province, in Ardabil, Tabriz and border regions. I hope that our citizens will benefit from this project.

The Araz River has always been a bond between Iran and Azerbaijan, between our peoples. The province of East Azerbaijan has, particular, always been a bond between Azerbaijan and Ardabil. This bond was created 50 years ago as a result of cooperation between two countries and two peoples, and it continues to this day. The “Khudafarin” dam with a water capacity of about two billion cubic meters is starting to operate, and we will all benefit from it. At the same time, more than 40,000 jobs will be created for citizens here. It is also a source of water for agricultural fields and a source of drinking water. This, of course, is a symbol of development in the region. At the same time, this project is an indicator of the political cooperation between the two countries in the region. This project is of tremendous importance and, of course, it creates a great hope between the peoples of the two countries. At the same time, it makes our enemies envious.

We, of course, are brotherly, neighboring and friendly countries. As the Supreme Religious Leader stated, Iran’s relationship with Azerbaijan is more than a relationship with a neighbor. It is a kinship. This connection and bond is a very strong, it is a very deep bond. This bond, this relationship is based on the deep historical, cultural and religious ties between the two countries. Of course, this connection brings our peoples together as a historical connection between our countries. This connection is in the hearts, it comes from the hearts, and it is unbreakable. The relationship between the two countries will not be damaged or shaken no matter what. These relations will grow and strengthen day after day.

In my meeting with Mr. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I stated that within the framework of other contacts in the region, in our bilateral meetings, we have always emphasized the importance of further development of relations in the economic-commercial and political-cultural fields. The relations between the two countries should be stepped up, especially in the field of security and defense. Our political will is also in line with this, aiming for further expansion of relations. Thankfully, there is great potential in the relations between our two countries. As a result of the political will of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as the will of the Supreme Religious Leader, there has been a lot of progress in our relations. Of course, as a result of the sanctions imposed on us, they tried to slow down our development, but they failed. We have achieved great development thanks to our young people, as a result of their work in the field of science and technology. As we all know, the Iranian people have created a very strong and developed country in the field of science and technology. In this regard, I told President Ilham Aliyev that there were no obstacles hampering the development of relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan. Our relations must be at the highest level in all areas.

This dam shows the engineering competency of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is actually another indication of the skills of our engineers and the technology the Islamic Republic of Iran possesses.

Of course, as a result of the hard work and education of our engineers, this has made Iran one of the top four countries in the world in the field of dam construction. This also leads to the development of Iran’s relations with neighboring countries, especially Azerbaijan, in this and other fields. And at the same time, it is important for cooperation in Karabakh.

Taking this opportunity, we would also like to congratulate our Azerbaijani friends on restoring the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We were one of the first countries to explicitly state that Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan. I want to state again that we are always ready to show our cooperation on the basis of the revival program in this region, in Karabakh. The 140km railway and bridges over highways under construction in the Kalalah-Aghband region are also strategic projects. We are pushing this project forward very fast. I stopped over there on my way here. Work is continuing very fast in six directions there. I persistently said to my team and the minister of urban development that we should finish and put this project into operation ahead of time – sooner than 36 months. Because this is a very important corridor for the relations between the two countries.

We think this is very important for us. We want not only the development of relations between the two countries, but also the further strengthening of our cooperation in and outside our region, in international institutions, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Of course, we would very much like to deepen cooperation in international organizations and show solidarity on some special issues, including the issue of Palestine. We, the people of Azerbaijan and Iran, do not hesitate in supporting the Palestinian people and the people of Gaza. We have no doubt that they despise the Zionist regime. We are sure that cooperation between Muslim countries in solving problems in the Islamic world is of great importance. The relations between the two countries should be transformed into regional cooperation and, of course, should be continued in international organizations.

Finally, I want to note that some powers may not be impressed with the development of relations between our two countries. But the main thing is our own interests, and the relations between our two countries are very important for us. The relations in the fields of energy, transport, culture, economy and trade should serve the interests of the peoples of our countries. The most important issue for us is the interests of our countries. The enemies do not want to see the development of either Azerbaijan or Iran. We think that the development of Azerbaijan is our own development. Any issue that threatens the security of the border between the two countries can also pose a threat to us. We try to turn our borders into borders of hope. We try not to be concerned about borders. The borders should create opportunities and hopes for us. We try to turn borders into opportunities. We want to turn it into hope for the citizens of border regions in terms of economic and commercial development.

By God’s permission and for the sake of Imam Reza, we have gathered here today for the launch of two big dams – the “Khudafarin” and “Giz Galasi” dams. I think that God will help us, and our citizens will benefit from this. At the same time, our cooperation and friendship will become even stronger after this.

This meeting with Mr. Aliyev is held at the zero point between the two countries – the border. Our honorable ministers, the representative of the supreme religious leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as the governors of border regions are also taking part here. I am sincerely grateful to them today. I want to thank them for making this project a reality and organizing today’s event. Thank you very much.

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