Mehriban Aliyeva: Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games will con­trib­ute to fra­ter­nity in Mus­lim world

Azer News - - Front Page - By Amina Nazarli

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.

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