Azerbaijani President: "National leader Heydar Aliyev laid the foundation of state-religion relations"
- 14 November 2019
"Azerbaijan is one of the countries that promote the values of multiculturalism," the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has said it at the 2nd Baku Summit of World Religious Leaders, APA reports.
Mr. President İlham Aliyev said that multiculturalism is both a lifestyle and a state policy in Azerbaijan: “It is not a coincidence that many important steps have been taken in this direction in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan hosted several prestigious events. Some of these events are traditional. For example, the Baku Humanitarian Forum, the UN-supported World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, the UN Global Alliance Forum, Summit of World Religious Leaders are traditionally held. All of these events have one purpose: “Strengthening interreligious dialogue, combating against religious discrimination, promoting multicultural values, thus making our contribution to the positive processes around the world. Because we observe well, as well as follow the media that many unpleasant cases in terms of conflicts, confrontations, wars, fraternal bloodshed on religious, ethnic and religious grounds occur. Unfortunately, crimes are committed in some cases under the pseudo-slogans. We should combine our efforts in this direction.”
President Ilham Aliyev noted that the state-religion relations in Azerbaijan are regulated at a high level: "National leader Heydar Aliyev laid the foundation of state-religion relations. Heydar Aliyev is the great son of the Azerbaijani people and has served the people with dignity during the period of the Soviet Union and the İndependence period. Heydar Aliyev laid the foundations of state-religion relations, as in all other areas. We link the concept of development of modern Azerbaijan with his name."