Ilham Aliyev: all temples in Azerbaijani territory are our historical assets

Holy Myrrhbearers Cathedral in Baku
Holy Myrrhbearers Cathedral in Baku

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev during his visit to the liberated city Aghdam commented on the concerns expressed by some Western leaders after the end of the Second Karabakh war regarding Christian temples in the liberated lands under the control of Azerbaijan.

In the first place, he said that the leaders of Western countries which ignite Islamophobic sentiments, those who have turned a blind eye to the insults of Islam and even justified those who insulting it, have no right to talk about it.

"Second, all the temples in our territory are our historical assets. Azerbaijan hosts the Baku Humanitarian Forum or the Forum on Intercultural Dialogue every year. Azerbaijan hosts summits of leaders of world religions," Ilham Aliyev recalled.

The president noted that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation cites the attitude towards Islam in Azerbaijan as an example. During his visit to Baku, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill praised the work done in this area in Azerbaijan and visited Orthodox churches. In his official speech during his visit to Baku, Pope Francis spoke about tolerance, religious tolerance and multiculturalism in Azerbaijan.

"All our historical sites are protected by the state. On my instruction and at the expense of the state, two Orthodox churches are being repaired, while the third church has already been repaired. An office building is under construction built. During the war, the church of our Udi brothers was repaired and put into operation by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. Our Caucasian Albanian churches are our national treasure. Our Georgian churches, the Armenian church," the head of state listed.