Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov believes that it is impossible to defeat terrorism without cooperation.
“My country suffered from a terrible terror. We will not be able to defeat terrorism without cooperation,” said the minister addressing a panel session at the 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, held in Baku May 5.
The minister noted that the war against terrorism shouldn’t become a fight against various religions and cultures.
“We are concerned about the growing religious intolerance in the world. In Azerbaijan, we attach great importance to the issues of multiculturalism and tolerance. Last year was declared the ‘Year of Multiculturalism in Azerbaijan’, and this year – the ‘Year of Islamic Solidarity’. Multiculturalism and tolerance are our ancient traditions. These values unite and make our society stronger,” added Mammadyarov.
“We deem that the cultural diversity and multiculturalism are a strength and wealth that give an ample opportunity to contribute to the promotion of dialogue, encourage ethnic and religious pluralism, and thus to effectively prevent potential rise of violent extremism,” he said.
Noting that proclamation of the year 2016 as “The Year of Multiculturalism” in Azerbaijan in Azerbaijan is not a coincidence the FM said: “The Government of Azerbaijan continues to pursue a consistent policy towards protection of the rights of all ethnic and religious minorities. More than one thousand mosques, eleven churches, six synagogues and other religious temples are functioning in Azerbaijan without any obstacles.”
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