Days of Dagestan solemnly launched in Baku
Days of Dagestan, running in Baku, were solemnly opened in the capital's Heydar Aliyev Palace with participation of leading Dagestani art masters on May 12.
The ceremony was attended by prominent public figures, representatives of culture, art and science, and diplomatic missions.
An exhibition by Dagestan's masters, where they featured national costumes, paintings and interesting folk art works, aroused a great interest of the guests.
Azerbaijan's Parliamentary Speaker Ogtay Asadov, who addressed the ceremony, said that the fraternal ties between the peoples, as well as centuries-old historical ties and very close cultures and customs play an important role in the development of bilateral relations between the two sides.
Asadov noted that friendly bridge between Azerbaijan and Russia is being held through fraternal Dagestan, which is a federal subject of Russia.
"Last year the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Russia amounted to about $2 billion, while between Azerbaijan and Dagestan, this figure amounted to $61 million. We believe that the two countries have significant potential for turnover growth," Asadov said.
Ramazan Abdulatipov, in turn, emphasized that Azerbaijan and Dagestan historically related to each other.
He said Azerbaijan plays a strategic role in the foreign policy of Russia, stressing the role of inter-regional relations.
Azerbaijan and Dagestan's city of Derbent cooperate in many areas, in particular Azerbaijan has participated in the restoration of the ancient city of Derbent.
Following the speeches, the guests enjoyed colorful show, performed by famous Dagestani actors, dancers and groups.
As part of the Days of Dagestan, the country's theater groups will perform in Khachmaz, Balakan, Zagatala and Gusar.
Source: Azer News