Poet Nasimi honored at Azerbaijani cultural event in Beijing

By Qin Qi
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Akram Zeynalli, Azerbaijani ambassador to China, delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the Azerbaijani language and literature exhibition at Beijing Foreign Studies University on Nov. 1, 2019. [Photo by Qin Qi / China.org.cn]

An Azerbaijani language and literature exhibition opened with a ceremony at the main library of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) on Friday. The event, held in memory of the Azerbaijani poet Imadaddin Nasimi, was co-hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to China, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, and BFSU.

Delivering the opening speech, BFSU Vice Principal Yan Guohua said BFSU has always been devoted to promoting cultural exchange between China and Azerbaijan. The university set up its Azerbaijani language course in 2015, sent academic delegations to Azerbaijan in 2018, and enrolled the first group of undergraduates majoring in Azerbaijan language in September 2019. Yan said BFSU is now planning to send students to Azerbaijan for further language studies.

Akram Zeynalli, Azerbaijani ambassador to China, expressed his appreciation for the efforts by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and BFSU for promoting bilateral relations. 

Zeynalli gave high praise to the cultural activities hosted by the organizations, such as the Azerbaijani-Chinese Friendship Concert and the Azerbaijani Day. Zeynalli said that, as this year marks the 650th anniversary of the great Azerbaijani poet Imadaddin Nasimi, the exhibition provides a valuable opportunity to display Azerbaijani culture and promote cultural exchanges.

Apart from being a poet, Nasimi is also known as a philosopher. He was the founder of a school of philosophical poetry in the Azerbaijani language. To commemorate the Nasimi's contributions to Azerbaijani culture and literature, Azerbaijani President IIhan Aliyev declared 2019 as a year of Nasimi in Azerbaijan.

Zeynalli said that the Belt and Road Initiative has helped to shorten the distance between China and Azerbaijan, and cultural activities facilitating people-to-people exchanges will become frequent in the future.

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