(1998 – 2009)

The award ceremony took place in Baku in 2007.
In 2007 at the award ceremony the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus expressed his gratitude for the attention and high appreciation of his work, noting that this award will play an important role in the development of both bilateral and friendly relations between the peoples of Azerbaijan and Lithuania which have a glorious historical past. In his speech, Mr. Adamkus also noted that the national writer of Azerbaijan Ilyas Afandiyev is well known outside of the republic, as his works are imbued with love, free thinking, patriotism and ideas for the best, which are the core values of the modernity. He also said that such events serve to deepen strategic and partner relations between two countries, cooperation in various fields of politics, economy, culture and aimed at supporting peace in the world.

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