Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev raised his nation’s flag in the principle metropolis of Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday, in his first go to there since Baku retook management of the mountainous area in an offensive that led to the exodus of most ethnic Armenians.
It was Aliyev’s first go to to Karabakh throughout his two-decade rule.
“President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has raised the Nationwide Flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan within the metropolis of Khankendi and delivered a speech,” Aliyev’s workplace mentioned in an announcement.
Ilham Aliyev raised Nationwide Flag of Azerbaijan in Khojavand metropolis. pic.twitter.com/qJqqRzYv8m
— Ilham Aliyev (@presidentaz) October 15, 2023
Armenia calls the town Stepanakert.
Baku’s September lightning offensive ended three a long time of Armenian separatist rule in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The overwhelming majority of the estimated 120,000 ethnic Armenians that had been residing within the territory fled throughout the border to Armenia.
Aliyev’s workplace mentioned he visited a number of different locations and cities in Karabakh, displaying footage of the longtime chief in navy apparel on his knees kissing the Azerbaijani flag earlier than it was raised.
He additionally visited a reservoir, with images revealed by Baku displaying the authoritarian chief in sun shades wanting on the water and surrounding mountains.
Aliyev grew to become president of Azerbaijan in 2003, succeeding his father Heydar Aliyev.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in a dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh because the dying days of the Soviet Union.
The neighbors went to struggle twice over the territory: within the Nineties and in 2020.