President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has congratulated Orthodox Christian Community of Azerbaijan, APA reports.
"Dear fellow countrymen!
I extend my sincere congratulations to the entire Christian community of Azerbaijan on the holy Christmas and convey to each of you my best wishes of good health and happiness.
For centuries, representatives of different peoples and religions have lived in Azerbaijan in good neighbourliness, friendship and mutual confidence. The preservation and promotion of the ethnic and cultural diversity, multicultural traditions and tolerance in society is one of the priorities of our state policy. The fact that our country hosts prestigious events, which contribute considerably to the strengthening of dialogue among civilizations and faiths, including the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and 2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders, confirms Azerbaijan`s key role in establishing international peace, tranquility and harmony.
The Christians, who are an integral part of our society, are today fulfilling with dignity their civic duty to contribute to large-scale construction work and the strengthening of national and cultural solidarity in our country, sparing no skills and efforts to ensure Azerbaijan`s prosperity.
Dear fellow countrymen!
Christmas embodies rebirth, renewal, and triumph of feelings of mercy and compassion. May this bright holiday bring happiness to your families, abundance to your homes and well-being to your lives.
Merry Christmas!", the congratulatory letter reads.