Pres­i­dent Aliyev: Azer­bai­jani state rests on very strong na­tional val­ues

Azer News - - Front Page - By La­man Is­may­ilova

Azer­bai­jan is a mod­ern coun­try at­tached to its re­li­gious, na­tional roots and, at the same time, a tol­er­ant coun­try open to the world, said Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev.

Azer­bai­jan is a mod­ern coun­try at­tached to its re­li­gious, na­tional roots and, at the same time, a tol­er­ant coun­try open to the world, said Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev made the re­mark while ad­dress­ing an If­tar cer­e­mony on the oc­ca­sion of the holy month of Ra­madan in Baku on June 21.

The Pres­i­dent stressed that in Azer­bai­jan, the state does not in­ter­fere in re­li­gious mat­ters; on the con­trary, it tries to help. “The his­tor­i­cal mosques, re­li­gious mon­u­ments, as well as churches and syn­a­gogues, built and re­paired by the state serve as a clear proof of this. Re­li­gion does not in­ter­fere in the af­fairs of the state and pol­i­tics ei­ther,” he said, stress­ing that the fact that the re­la­tions be­tween re­li­gion and the state rest on a sound ba­sis is our great as­set.

Over the pe­riod that has passed since the pre­vi­ous Ra­madan, dy­namic de­vel­op­ment in Azer­bai­jan has con­tin­ued and many im­por­tant events have taken place, the pres­i­dent added.

“Among them I want to es­pe­cially note the visit of the Pope to Azer­bai­jan. The visit of the Pope serves as a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the at­ti­tude of the Holy See to Azer­bai­jan. I should also note that Azer­bai­jan is one of the first Mus­lim coun­tries vis­ited by the Pope. The state­ments he made dur­ing the visit rep­re­sent a high as­sess­ment of in­ter­re­li­gious re­la­tions in Azer­bai­jan. Of course, we, the peo­ple liv­ing in Azer­bai­jan and con­duct­ing this pol­icy, know that this is our great as­set. At the same time, the whole world knows about it and this is ac­knowl­edged by au­thor­i­ta­tive per­son­al­i­ties of the planet,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev said that the ini­tia­tives put for­ward by Azer­bai­jan in many spheres bring nov­elty, dy­nam­ics and a new ap­proach. “Break­ing stereo­types, we pro­pose a new for­mat of be­hav­ior in many ar­eas, in­clud­ing re­li­gious is­sues. It is no co­in­ci­dence that the work car­ried out in Azer­bai­jan in this field and the suc­cesses we have achieved are ap­pre­ci­ated by prac­ti­cally all lead­ing in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions. I should also note that our ini­tia­tives, events and fo­rums we have launched are sub­se­quently sup­ported by in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions. As an ex­am­ple, I can cite the Fourth Fo­rum on In­ter­cul­tural Di­a­logue held this year. We put for­ward this Fo­rum as an ini­tia­tive. To­day, its or­ga­niz­ers are the lead­ing in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions of the world - UNESCO, ISESCO, the Coun­cil of Europe, the World Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion, etc. The fact that such pres­ti­gious events are held in Azer­bai­jan demon­strates our pol­icy and in­ten­tions. This also shows to the whole world that there is a coun­try on the planet that is the cen­ter of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism. This coun­try is Azer­bai­jan,” he said.

High­light­ing that the Azer­bai­jani state rests on very strong na­tional val­ues, Pres­i­dent Aliyev said that Is­lamic val­ues are an in­te­gral part of the na­tional val­ues

“Along with this, Azer­bai­jan is a sec­u­lar and mod­ern state open to the world. There is no rad­i­cal­ism or fun­da­men­tal­ism in Azer­bai­jan. There is no in­ter­nal source of threat. The rea­son for this is not only the ad­min­is­tra­tive steps we are tak­ing. The rea­son for this is the at­mos­phere in our so­ci­ety. Where do rad­i­cal­ism and ter­ror­ism come to life? In coun­tries where there is no lit­er­acy, where so­cial jus­tice is dis­rupted, and where there is per­va­sive in­jus­tice and poverty. There­fore, the best guar­an­tee against rad­i­cal­ism is so­cial jus­tice, ma­te­rial well-be­ing, lit­er­acy and cor­rect poli­cies. Where there are such fac­tors, there is no ba­sis for rad­i­cal­ism. True, there can be in­ter­fer­ence from the out­side. How­ever, Azer­bai­jan is quite a strong state tak­ing mea­sures against such in­ter­fer­ence and en­sur­ing a peace­ful life of the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple,” the pres­i­dent noted.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev went on to say that the coun­try has made great strides in all di­rec­tions. “Our non-oil econ­omy grew by more than 2 per cent. The non-oil in­dus­try has grown by al­most 4 per cent. Agri­cul­ture has in­creased by 2 per cent. Ex­ports have in­creased by 44 per cent and im­ports have dropped by about 17 per cent. All this has been pos­si­ble thanks to eco­nomic re­forms and thought-out poli­cies,” he said.

“As for the so­lu­tion of for­eign pol­icy is­sues, Azer­bai­jan en­joys so much author­ity on a global scale to­day that the num­ber of coun­tries wish­ing to co­op­er­ate with us is al­ways on the in­crease. We have built equal re­la­tions with all coun­tries on the ba­sis of mu­tual re­spect. We have been able to es­tab­lish ex­cel­lent re­la­tions with Euro­pean, Mus­lim and other coun­tries. Azer­bai­jan plays and will con­tinue to play an ir­re­place­able role – I am say­ing this with ab­so­lute de­ter­mi­na­tion – in the de­vel­op­ment of the di­a­logue be­tween civ­i­liza­tions,” Pres­i­dent Aliyev said.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev also spoke about the Nagorno-Karabakh is­sue.

A very sig­nif­i­cant event has oc­curred in the history of our peo­ple and state re­cently, said Pres­i­dent Aliyev. “A new set­tle­ment was opened in the vil­lage of Jo­jug Mar­janli, which was lib­er­ated from oc­cu­pa­tion. The 50 houses, a school, a road and the en­tire in­fra­struc­ture built there in a mat­ter of two months demon­strate both our strength and pol­icy. Life will re­turn to these ter­ri­to­ries and the Azer­bai­jani flag will be raised there – just as life re­turns to the lands lib­er­ated from oc­cu­pa­tion in Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Agh­dara dis­tricts to­day, the Azer­bai­jani flag flies on these lands and con­struc­tive work is un­der way.”

Jo­jug Mar­janli is a tes­ta­ment to Ar­me­nian fas­cism, stressed the pres­i­dent.

“This vil­lage was un­der oc­cu­pa­tion for only three to four months. There was not a sin­gle build­ing left there. Ar­me­nian van­dals de­stroyed all houses. We have re­stored this vil­lage in two months and the is­sue of build­ing an­other 100 houses will be re­solved in the near fu­ture,” noted the pres­i­dent. “A mosque, which is an ana­logue of the Shusha mosque, has been con­structed in Jo­jug Mar­janli. This is also of great his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. Jo­jug Mar­janli and other ter­ri­to­ries are our an­ces­tral lands. We are cre­at­ing a new life in these lands.”

“This shows that no one can ever break the will of Azer­bai­jani peo­ple. We have re­stored the Ar­me­nian church in Baku and are pro­tect­ing it. The Ar­me­ni­ans have de­stroyed our mosques in the oc­cu­pied lands. The Govharaga Mosque, the ana­logue of which has been built in Jo­jug Mar­janli, lies in ru­ins. A build­ing can be de­stroyed, but the en­emy must know that the de­stroyed mosques live in our hearts. We have built these mosques in our hearts,” said Pres­i­dent Aliyev.

“Im­me­di­ately af­ter the lib­er­a­tion of these lands from oc­cu­pa­tion, within two months, a beau­ti­ful mosque was built there. This is of im­mense his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. I am sure that we will re­turn to all the oc­cu­pied lands, Azer­bai­jan will re­store its ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and such won­der­ful If­tar cer­e­monies will be held on these lands as well, In­shal­lah,” added the Azer­bai­jani pres­i­dent.

Other speak­ers at the event in­cluded Chair­man of the Cler­i­cal Of­fice of Cau­ca­sus Mus­lims Sheikh-ul-Is­lam Al­lahshukur Pas­haz­ade , head of the Baku and Caspian Eparchy of the Rus­sian Ortho­dox Church Alexan­der, chair­man of the Re­li­gious Com­mu­nity of the Moun­tain Jews of Baku Mi­likh Yev­dayev and head of the Ro­man Catholic com­mu­nity in Azer­bai­jan, Or­di­nary Vladimir Fekete.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev at­tended If­tar cer­e­mony hosted by Chair­man of the Cler­i­cal Of­fice of Cau­ca­sus Mus­lims Sheikh-ul-Is­lam Al­lahshukur Pas­haz­ade on the oc­ca­sion of holy month of Ra­madan

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