Mehriban Aliyeva: Islamic Solidarity Games will contribute to fraternity in Muslim world
With the Fourth Islamic Solidarity Games just few weeks ahead of us, First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva chaired the final meeting of the Organizing Committee of the grand sport event.
Youth and Sports Minister, Chief Executive Officer of Azerbaijan Islamic Solidarity Games Operations Committee Azad Rahimov, Minister of internal affairs Ramil Usubov, Chairman of the Special State Protection Service Vagif Akhundov, Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev, Director General of Baku Transport Agency Vusal Karimli highlighted the work carried out as part of preparations for the Games.
Chairperson of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva addressed the meeting saying that less than a month left before the official opening of the Games and the committee was holding the final meeting of the Organizing Committee.
“We must be sure that our capital is fully prepared for the opening and holding of the Games, all the necessary measures and steps have been taken, that the responsible structures fulfill the plan of events related to the competitions and covering all directions.
Very important large-scale international events are held in Azerbaijan, and the organization of each such event receives the highest reviews, said Mehriban Aliyeva. She expressed hope that the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games are also prepared flawlessly and will remain in history like the Games that have already been held in the country.
The First Vice-President said that Azerbaijan is an integral part of the Muslim world. Azerbaijan establishes ties with all Muslim countries on the basis of friendship, brotherhood, mutual respect and achieved great success in this field. Unfortunately, many Muslim countries experience war, new conflicts and threats arise, and more forces connect Islam with terror, Aliyeva noted.
“No religion, including Islam, can have anything to do with terror. Religion itself is a factor that rejects terror, and Islam is a religion of peace and mercy. I believe that the meeting of representatives of the entire Muslim world and their rallying around the factors of friendship, brotherhood, peace, cooperation will be a great sporting holiday, and will also contribute to strengthening cooperation in the Muslim world, between Muslim countries,” she said.
Recalling that more than 3,000 athletes representing 57 countries are expected to take part in the Games, the First Vice-President said that this figure is itself a record, as so many countries have never participated in the Islamic Solidarity Games.
"I am sure that due to the joint efforts, the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games will be held successfully and will remain in the history of Azerbaijan as another victory. These Games will be a great sporting holiday, at the same time they will contribute to strengthening the relations of friendship, solidarity, fraternity in the Muslim world," she ended.
Speaking at the event Youth and Sport Minister Azad Rahimov said that during the Islamic Games to begin in twenty one days, the pulse of the entire Islamic world will be beating in Azerbaijan.
Competitions will be held at 17 different sports venues. Along with this, 21 non-competition facilities will be used during the Games. “All provided sports facilities are completely ready for the Games,” he added.
To attend 165 sports competitions included in the program of the Games, more than 500,000 tickets were sold for sale, according to the minister.
Usubov, for his part, said that the Ministry of Internal Affairs has started serious preparatory work.
“In general, the number of personnel to be involved in this important international event from the internal affairs bodies is 12,000 people, and 252 of them are women,” he said.
In turn, Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garaev said that during the Games tours to historical and cultural reserves located in Baku and regions, museums of various profiles and specially prepared for tourist routes will be organized for tourists.