Azerbaijani FM attends event commemorating January 20 tragedy in Vienna

Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeyhun Bayramov has participated in the event commemorating the 32nd anniversary of the January 20 tragedy in Vienna, Austria.

State and government officials of Austria, representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Vienna, representatives of Austrian business circles and Azerbaijanis living in Austria also attended the event.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Austria Rovshan Sadigbayli informed the participants of the massacres committed 32 years ago by the Soviet army in Baku, Sumgait and other cities of the country, noting that these events went down in history as "Black January".

Speaking at the event, Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov informed the participants about the events of January 20, 1990. The FM noted that the tragedy did not break the will of the Azerbaijani people, but ignited its desire for independence even more, and in 1991 Azerbaijan managed to restore its independence.

The Minister drew attention to the fact that immediately after the tragedy of January 20, national leader Heydar Aliyev visited the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan in Moscow on January 21, 1990 and demonstrated solidarity with the Azerbaijani people and strongly condemned the intervention.

FM Bayramov emphasized that now Azerbaijan pays tribute to the memory of the Martyrs of January 20 tragedy under special conditions, as the territorial integrity of the country is ensured. He informed the participants that in November 2020, under the leadership of Victorious Commander-in-Chief, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan liberated the territories occupied by Armenia for nearly 30 years and ended the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

Minister Jeyhun Bayramov noted that the people of Azerbaijan will never forget the martyrs who lost their lives for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and their memory is remembered with deep respect and esteem.

The participants then watched a documentary on the events of January 20.

The event also featured a photo exhibition dedicated to the tragic events of January 20.


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