Moroccan newspaper commends Azerbaijani first ladys activities

Moroccan “Al-Islah wa at-Tanmiya” newspaper has published an article headlined “First lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva and the role of Heydar Aliyev Foundation in the Azerbaijani society”. The article highlights “multifaceted” activities of first lady Mehriban Aliyeva as president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Goodwill Ambassador UNESCO and ISESCO, president of Azerbaijan Culture Foundation and Member of Parliament.

The article says she was named Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO in 2004 and 2006 respectively, and was honored with 2007 Golden Heart award for her charity activity, generous and progressive initiatives and her contribution to intercultural dialogue. The newspaper hails the Heydar Aliyev Foundations “tremendous” contributions to social and cultural projects in Azerbaijan and a number of Muslim countries. “Under the projects of the foundation new state-of-the-art schools are being constructed and latest methodology is applied in the teaching process.”

The article notes that Mehriban Aliyeva, who created the Azerbaijani Culture Friends Foundation back in 1995, saved Azerbaijans national culture from the crisis and ensured its development through her initiatives, public activity and management skills.

The article focuses on the first ladys efforts to protect and promote Azerbaijans tangible and intangible cultural heritage, arts, folklore and music. The article says that she is also deeply concerned about problems of people and pays special attention to Azerbaijani refugees and IPDs.

The newspaper also commends Mehriban Aliyevas initiatives as MP. “The first ladys initiatives to adopt amnesty acts were welcomed by the Azerbaijani society.”

The article applauds the first ladys role in the construction of hundreds of secondary schools, realization of “Support for education” project, reconstruction of a girls’ school in Pakistan, launch of the French Lyceum in Baku, and provision of necessary equipment to orphanages and kindergartens.

The newspaper says first lady Mehriban Aliyeva made an outstanding contribution to the countrys healthcare system, which particularly includes constructing hospitals in Baku and regions, addressing acute problems of citizens and building modern Thalassemia Center in Azerbaijan.

According to the Moroccan newspaper, the Azerbaijani first ladys awards include Heydar Aliyev Award, Senior Commander Cross Order of Merit of Poland, Legion of Honor Order of France and Hilal-e-Pakistan Order.