"My father Heydar Aliyev also paid special attention to Muslum Magomayev's activities when he gained all-Union fame at a young age. I can actually say that my father treated his with fatherly care. Because he knew him both as a great singer and as a very nice person. Each of us knew Muslum as a great performer, singer, composer, and most importantly, a wonderful person, a dignified person and a very reliable friend," President Ilham Aliyev said in his speech at the opening ceremony of the monument to Muslim Magomayev in Baku's Seaside National Park, APA reports.
"Although there was a significant age difference between us, we never felt it because we were friends for many years. I specifically remember the last meeting Mehriban and I had at Muslum’s and Tamara’s house in Moscow. Muslum's health was not so good anymore, he was having problems, but despite that, he welcomed us very sincerely. We spent several hours in their house and had a very sincere conversation, recalled the past, remembered my father, my late mother – we recalled those great days, and Mehriban and I got emotional. As you know, Muslum had certain problems with his legs in his last years. However, there was such a friendly atmosphere that Muslum, who hadn’t been going outside for years, came out to see us off. Little did we know that this was going to be our last meeting," said President.