Azerbaijani friends of the United Nations, old and new, braved a sudden, tumultuous Baku summer rain on 30 July to come to the UN House to jointly celebrate International Day of Friendship. Despite the downpour the air rang with excitement, as the blessings of true friendship were discussed and celebrated with a picture montage and an Azerbaijani film screening, appropriately titled Əsl Dost, meaning ‘True Friend’.
The film screening, a wonderful classic tale of friendship between Azerbaijani fishermen, brought out a rapturous reaction from the audience. Young and old alike, sitting side by side and with open hearts embraced the spirit of Friendship Day, which is being observed around the globe for the third time already. Proclaimed by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, and cultures can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities, the Day is also a great opportunity to celebrate the most special relationship in our life – true friendship.