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Azerbaijanis living in Brooklyn contribute to cultural life of borough

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbulfas Garayev, Azerbaijani Culture and Tourism Minister has met Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President to discuss opportunities for cooperation between the country and the borough.

Adams said Brooklyn and Sabail District of Baku signed a protocol on friendship and cooperation in November 2014. Thus, Baku’s most attractive Sabail District and New York’s picturesque Brooklyn will become sister cities, Azertag state news agency reported.

He said he was deeply impressed by what he saw in the Azerbaijani capital when he was there to watch Eurovision song contest in 2012.

Many Azerbaijanis live in Brooklyn, Adams said, adding “they play an important role in the cultural life of the region”.

He also noted that relations between Azerbaijan and Brooklyn should be developed in the three main areas – education, trade and cultural exchange.

Garayev, for his turn, stressed the importance of expanding relations between cultural institutions.

He praised the opening of Baku-New York flight, saying it will contribute to broadening the exchange between Azerbaijan and Brooklyn in the fields of culture and education.

The minister highlighted Azerbaijan`s tourism potential, and noted the importance of promoting the country in New York.

Garayev invited the Brooklyn Borough President to the third World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue to be held in Baku this May.

Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to the USA and Yashar Aliyev, Permanent Representative to the UN were also present at the meeting.

Sabail district is a central and ancient dwelling of Baku city which is located along the Caspian Sea.

There are monuments dating back to the ancient age and medieval centuries in the territory of the district. Icherisheher (Old City) is the most magnificent of the historical monuments existing in Azerbaijan and included in the world cultural heritage items by UNESCO. Icherisheher is over 1000 years old. Shirvanshah palace complex which is another astonishing state historical architectural museum-preserve is its masterpiece.

“Shahidlar Khiyabani” (Martyrs Avenue) and “Fakhri Khiyaban” (Honorary Avenue), Heydar Aliyev Foundation, as well as many recreational and leisure centers, including Fountains Square, Coastal Boulevard and Freedom Square which are the main places in Baku to be visit for Baku’s population and its guests are located in this district.

Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, with about 2.6 million people, as well as the second-largest in area.

Every year the city attracts thousands of tourists and locals, who enjoy spectacular views of lower Manhattan and other city landmarks.

It is home to many New York’s top attractions, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Coney Island Cyclone.



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