Prague, CZ. On Saturday 23rd, the office of Azerbaijan Student Network in the Czech Republic, opened its doors for nearly 50 students that live and study in universities of the two largest cities of the Czech Republic, Prague and Brno. In addition to the Azerbaijani students the meeting was attended by Czech and foreign students that take interest in Azerbaijan and the region. The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Czech Republic, His Excellency Mr. Tahir Taghizadeh.
Opening the meeting with introductory remarks, the ASN country director Eldar Valiyev welcomed the guests and spoke about mission of Azerbaijan Student Network to create friendly relations between the Czech and Azerbaijani students and build bridge of friendship between them.
“The main goal of Azerbaijan Student Network is to create a friendly and supportive environment for Czech, Azerbaijani and other foreign students to share their experience and learn new things about their countries and cultures,” said Valiyev.
According to Valiyev, the ASN, is a newly-established non-government organization in the Czech Republic that plans in the nearest future to foster the process of bridging the gap between Azerbaijani and Czech societies through a student co-operation and common Azerbaijani-Czech student projects that will raise awareness about Azerbaijan as a friendly country and strategic partner of the Czech Republic.
Speaking at the event, His Excellency Mr. Tahir Taghizadeh expressed satisfaction with the interest of students to come to the meeting and share as well as to discuss their ideas how to help Azerbaijani-Czech dialogue. The ambassador in his speech briefly touched history of unsuccessful attempts to create functioning Azerbaijani student organizations in the Czech Republic and expressed his satisfaction with current process of unification among Azerbaijani students.
“It is a pleasure to observe, that students can unite under common interest to our country despite different cultural and ideological backgrounds,” said Mr. Taghizadeh expressing his support to the student organization and called for active participation of all students in projects that aim to close the knowledge gap about Azerbaijan in the Czech Republic.
After the ambassador’s speech the meeting’s floor was given to a student of the Mendel University in Brno city Emin Rasulzadeh, for a presentation of a mini-football student team project that he implemented with a sponsorship of the Azerbaijan Student Network.
The meeting in the ASN office was closed with a half-hour question and answer session where all present were encouraged to participate and take part in an open discussion and after a brief coffee break to follow organizers to the Baku karaoke bar for a karaoke after-party with Azerbaijani food and Azerbaijani songs to sing.