Chairman of the US Helsinki Commission, member of Working Group on Azerbaijan in the Congress, Representative for Florida in House of Representatives Alcee Hastings has issued a statement on the occasion of the National Holiday of Azerbaijan – 102nd anniversary of the Republic Day, Azerbaijan’s Embassy to the US told reporters.

Congress member noted in his statement that Azerbaijan, which is the first secular democratic state in the Muslim world and regained its independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union, is partner of the US in field of protection of regional stability and security.