Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev congratulated the local Orthodox Christian community on the occasion of Easter.
“Dear compatriots! I wholeheartedly congratulate you, all the Christians of Azerbaijan, on the occasion of Holy Easter and convey to all of you my sincere and best wishes,” the president said.
“Our country, which has long-standing multicultural values, traditions of tolerance and an exemplary model of relations between the state and religion, is home to representatives of different ethnicities and religions who have been living here like one family in an environment of good neighborliness, friendship and brotherhood for hundreds of years,” President Aliyev said. “The preservation of ethnic and cultural diversity in our society, the promotion of a culture of coexistence based on mutual respect and trust is one of the main priorities of our state policy.”
“All citizens of Azerbaijan, a country that makes an important contribution to the dialogue between civilizations and cultures in the modern world, take an active part in the great creative work and socio-cultural life of our republic regardless of their language, religion or ethnicity,” the president added. “This includes Orthodox Christians. I appreciate the contribution our Christian compatriots have made to the liberation of our lands during the war. I believe that they will continue to work hard and mobilize their effort for the progress and prosperity of Azerbaijan.”
“Easter embodies purity, novelty, revival, and goodness,” the president said. “On this festive day, I once again wish each of you a happy holiday mood, peace, happiness and prosperity to your families. Happy holidays!”
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