Azerbaijan National Flag Day in Houston, Texas
After a full day of the Oil and Gas Conference “Southern Gas Corridor” that took place in the University of Houston, all the guests proceeded to Zaza hotel where on November, 9th, 2015, the Azerbaijan Center hosted a reception honoring Azerbaijan National Flag Day. It has become an annual tradition to celebrate Flag Day in Houston, Texas. The event gathered the Houston-Azerbaijani community as well as state and city officials to express respect to this meaningful national holiday of Azerbaijan.
The welcoming remarks as well as the insight in the history of the holiday and its significance to Azerbaijan Nation were done by the President of HBSCA and CEO of Azerbaijan Center Irada Akhoundova followed by the speech of Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the US Elin Suleymanov in which he extended his appreciation of Ms.Akhoundova’s work and pointed out the significance of the role of Azerbaijan Center in Houston in continuous development of the relationship between Azerbaijan and Texas.
Secretary of State of Texas, Carlos Cascos, expressed how delighted he was to be present at such event pointing out that this was the first event to honor the National Flag that he had a pleasure to attend. Secretary Cascos also emphasized his wish to visit the country of Azerbaijan to learn more about its culture and traditions. To conclude, Secretary of State delivered a message from the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, in the form of a congratulatory letter encouraging all Texans to embrace diversity and extended his appreciation for many contributions of the Azerbaijani community to Texas.
Among distinguished guests was a representative from the Department of Trade and International Affairs, office of the Mayor of City of Houston – Nike Luqman, Consular Affairs and International Partnerships Manager. Ms. Luqman presented a Proclamation issued by the Mayor of Houston honoring Azerbaijan National Flag Day.
State Representative Alma A. Allen took the stage to congratulate Azerbaijani people for Flag Day and thanked the Azerbaijan Center in the person of its CEO, Irada Akhoundova, for the contribution and outstanding dedication for her support to Houston community. More Pictures…
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