"The vast majority of countries in the world are multi-confessional countries and countries where representatives of many nationalities live. Mono-ethnic countries are an exception. Therefore, humanitarian cooperation, mutual understanding between representatives of various faiths and ethnic groups is important for national harmony in each country, as well as for our cooperation," the Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov said in his speech at a meeting of the Council of CIS Foreign Ministers in Ashgabat, the Ministry told APA.
The minister noted that Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the promotion of multiculturalism. All ethnic and religious groups in Azerbaijan live in peace and prosperity. "In recent years, we have held a number of global events, put forward initiatives aimed at promoting dialogue and mutual understanding. In this regard, it should be noted that the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, recognized by the UN General Assembly and the Secretary-General as the main global platform for promoting intercultural dialogue.As you may know, one of the priority areas of cooperation between our countries in the humanitarian area is the sports sphere. Azerbaijan in a short period of time has been to prove itself as a center of international sport competitions. So, in recent years, international events such as the European Games, Islamic Solidarity Games, including the World and European Championships, World Cups and Grand Prix competitions in numerous types of sport have been successfully held in our Republic."
Mr Mammadyarov emphasized that today, all opportunities for the development of a market economy have been created in Azerbaijan, and great successes have been achieved. "Thanks to the successful implementation of economic development programs over the past 15 years, the Azerbaijani economy has achieved a high level of development on a global scale. Diversification of economy and development of non-oil sector are key long-term goals of our Government. To consolidate these reforms and increase the competitiveness and sustainability of the economy, the development of a deeper program of economic reforms for 2021-2025 has already begun. An overall favorable business environment and targeted reforms will provide additional opportunities for business and investors. A special place in economic policy belongs to the development of international interaction. By encouraging transport links, Azerbaijan is making a significant contribution to the efforts aimed at developing regional mutually beneficial cooperation. I believe that those endeavors and projects initiated by Azerbaijan serve to strengthen the economic security in the region, and there are good opportunities for investment projects in this area."