Ilham Aliyev: world sees multiculturalism in Azerbaijan's example
The world sees multiculturalism in Azerbaijan’s example, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev said at an international conference, titled '2017- Year of Islamic Solidarity: Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue' in Baku.
He noted that there are many dangerous tendencies, such as Islamophobia, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism, shaking the world.
"The world has repeatedly been urged from Baku, from highly respected rostrums that interfaith relations are important for every country. Many countries around the world are multinational and multi-confessional. This issue is of particular importance for civilian peace, for civilian solidarity, for every country. We, for our part, solve all issues within the country at the highest level. Meanwhile, I am sure that Azerbaijan’s experience is studied in the region and in the world," Ilham Aliyev noted.
He recalled that the year 2016 was declared the 'Year of Multiculturalism' in Azerbaijan. "Multiculturalism is a state policy, as well as a lifestyle, in our country. Representatives of all religions and nationalities living in Azerbaijan can confirm this," President Aliyev stressed.
The head of state stressed that the Azerbaijani people are very committed to their national and spiritual roots.
"The very national values form the foundation of the independent Azerbaijan state. Our national values are an integral part of universal values," President Aliyev said, noting that Azerbaijan is turning into an irreplaceable country in the inter-religious and intercultural dialogue thanks to its geography, history and past.
"I would also like to note that the state is pursuing and will continue to pursue the policy in this direction. This policy is based on public opinion because the Azerbaijani people live with these feelings and thoughts. Our successful development shows that when inter-religious and intercultural relations are at the right level, then there will be development and stability. All citizens of Azerbaijan are optimistic about the future," AzerTAc cited the President as saying.