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President Ilham Aliyev: There is no power that could force us to do anything

“There is no power that could force us to do anything or involve us in a campaign that does not correspond to our interests,” President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has said as he chaired a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

“The international authority of our country is growing every day. Azerbaijan is a reliable and respected member of the international community. In all meetings with my colleagues I observe great respect for Azerbaijan. The work ongoing in Azerbaijan is monitored and greatly approved by the international community. Our foreign policy is very active and flexible. It is based on national interests, which form our top priority. This is probably why, if I may say so, Azerbaijan has come out of the crises occurring throughout the region in recent years without any losses and is now carrying out its policies with dignity. We do not take steps under any anyone's guidance. We take prudent steps. If these steps correspond to our national interests, we take them, if not, we do not!”

“Therefore, this position and our principled stance on every issue have, of course, earned us a lot of respect. Today, Azerbaijan is a country enjoying great esteem and authority on a global scale. When I say "the international community", I mean all countries, because the international community is not some organization. The world community means all countries. All countries are represented at the UN and, as you know, our positions in the UN are very strong. Otherwise, 155 countries would not have elected us a member of the UN Security Council a few years ago,” said the President.