President of the Republic of Lithuania ended her official visit to Azerbaijan

03-05-2011 | 20:56        


President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite ended her official visit to Azerbaijan on Tuesday. Prior to departure, the Lithuanian President had a working lunch with Prime Minister Arthur Rasizadeh, visited the Alley of Honor and Alley of Martyrs, toured the ancient part of Baku – the Icherisheher and visited the Magic Stitches gallery owned by Azerilma Ltd, a carpet weaving company.

During the conversation between Prime Minister Arthur Rasizadeh and President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, an exchange of views was made on the relations between Azerbaijan and Lithuania as well as the prospects for economic cooperation.

As part of her official visit to Azerbaijan President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite arrived at the Alley to Honor to put a wreath at the tomb of National Leader Heydar Aliyev and to pay tribute to his memory. The guest of honor also commemorated renowned ophthalmologist, Academician Zarifa Aliyeva.  The Lithuanian President then visited the Alley of Martyrs where lie those who fell for Azerbaijan’s freedom and territorial integrity and laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.  The state anthems of Azerbaijan and Lithuania were performed. Then, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite enjoyed the view of Baku.

Then, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite accompanied by Azerbaijan’s First Lady, Mehriban Aliyeva toured the Icharishahar, Inner City, historic core of Azerbaijan’s capital.

The President was informed that rare historical monuments dating back to various centuries were preserved in the territory of the state historic preserve which was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2000. The distinguished guest was introduced to the Miniature Book Museum. It was noted that established under Great Leader Heydar Aliyev’s instructions this museum contains 5100 dwarf books from 68 countries. When touring the Palace of Shirvanshahs, a main part of the preserve, construction of which was launched in 12th century and completed in the 15th century, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite was informed that the complex consisted of three yards located at various levels. Then, the distinguished guest tasted tandir bread. The Lithuanian President was also introduced to a centuries old monument of republican importance, testifying to rich economic and cultural relations of Azerbaijan, the Buhara Caravansary. During the walk, the guest was informed that under the head of state’s instructions repair, reconstruction and restoration operations had been carried out in “Icherisher” State Historic Preserve. Being introduced to the Maiden Tower, Mrs. Grybauskaite was told that the tower founded in the 7th-6th centuries B.C. was restored in the 12th century A.D. The guest then saw over an exposition of stone items of the Syrataghly religious-architectural complex, one of the most ancient monuments of the Icherisheher. She was told that a tier of arches had been discovered during the archeological figs carried out northward the Maiden Tower in 19640. Afterwards, the guests visited the Juma Mosque and the Art Garden. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and Azerbaijan’s First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva were invited to tea. Having left notes in the book of distinguished guests of the Icherisher, the Lithuanian President lefty the State Historic Architectural Preserve full of deep impressions.

The guest was briefed on the carpet weaving, one of the oldest and most traditional forms of art in Azerbaijan. For centuries Azerbaijan has been a country of various handicrafts, particularly carpet-making. Azeri carpets adorn many museums and private collections in the world. Azerbaijani carpets were awarded with the prizes and certificates of the exhibitions held in US, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and Russia. The Lithuanian President was informed that Azerilma Ltd. was established in order to revive and enable the further development of the traditional Azerbaijani carpet-weaving art which has materially and spiritually enriched the world culture with its unique examples of carpets. At the same time Azerilma contributes to the popularization of this unique art through its carpet sales organized worldwide. The company commenced its activity in 1996. The professional staff of Azerilma Ltd. comprises 350 people. There are many designers, arts critics, carpet-weavers, dyers and other specialists amongst them. Raw materials used in production are local. The guest of honor had a sincere conversation with carpet-weavers and made a few loops with their help. She said it was both eye-filling and very complicated art and wished good luck to the staff. Then, the Lithuanian President was introduced to an open air rich exposition of ancient had works. From here, she came to an exhibition of ancient carpets. Two hundred year old fleecy and plain carpets from various regions of Azerbaijan are displayed here. The guest was impressed by a fine artistic design of a silk carpet map “Azerbaijan’s Historic Carpet Weaving Points”. The Lithuanian President all this was an indicator of the rich culture the people of Azerbaijan possess. A book “Azerbaijani carpets. Garabagh group”, a headkerchief made of Sheki silk and a souvenir made of natural stones were gifted to the President of Lithuania. Dalia Grybauskaite signed the guest book here. She said she was deeply impressed with the seen.