The PABSEC delegation composed of Mr. Konstantinos Morfidis, Head of the PABSEC Hellenic Delegation, Mr. Cemal Ozturk, Head of the PABSEC Turkish Delegation and Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, participated in the Ceremony marking the 100th Anniversary of the Parliament of Republic of Azerbaijan (Milli Mejlis), on 21 September 2018, in Baku.
Nearly 150 representatives from 50 countries, Speakers from 14 countries, Deputy Speakers from 13 countries as well as heads and representatives of about 10 international organizations attended this jubilee ceremony of the centenary of the Azerbaijani Parliament.
The PABSEC Delegation noted that the 100thanniversary is celebrated with great joy and pride and stressed that the independent Azerbaijan is going through a deep period of development, on a solid basis. At the end of the 20th century, Azerbaijan, which regained its independence, achieved great success, becoming a reliable partner in the world community and an example for many countries.
Mr. Cemal Ozturk, Head of the PABSEC Turkish Delegation, delivered a speech at this important gathering and informed the participants about the fruitful cooperation between the PABSEC and the Milli Mejlis. The PABSEC Delegation met with Mr. Binali Yildırim, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) and discussed issues of mutual interest concerning the relations between the PABSEC and the GNAT. The Delegation also had a meeting with Mr. George Tsereteli, the President of the OSCE PA, Assembly which granted the Observer Status to the PABSEC. There were also discussed issues of mutual interest between the two assemblies.
In the framework of this solemn event, a photo exhibition took place, which covered the one hundred-year activity of the Azerbaijani Parliament, which was the first parliament in the Muslim East.