2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders as another contribution to interreligious dialogue
According to experts, by hosting the international event, Azerbaijan has proved to be a center of religious tolerance
The existence of various religions and ethnic peoples in Azerbaijan so far demonstrates our country's commitment to multicultural values. Many countries around the world are learning the "Azerbaijani model" to benefit from the traditions of tolerance. Whereas in some countries of the world, the tendencies of Islamophobia, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism are increasing and religious conflicts are manifesting itself. However, as a result of centuries-old traditions, none of them are common in Azerbaijan.
As a result of our country’s image and confidence shown to it, the 2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders has taken place in Baku. So how has the summit in Baku contributed to interreligious dialogue?
"Our country, the center of national and religious tolerance of the world, has reached yet another success,” said MPEldeniz Salimov. "Having successfully hosted the 2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders, our country has further strengthened its position in the world, has once again proved that its national and religious tolerance. Azerbaijan shows tolerance, as well as a humanistic and peaceful attitude to all religions, confessions, all nations, peoples, and ethnic groups. The participation of President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva at the summit and the historic and brilliant speech of the head of state added special color and beauty to the event.”
The MP noted that most of the world countries have religious issues nowadays. "Even in some countries, there are very serious and intense conflicts in the religious context. The tendencies of xenophobia, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism are increasing. Strengthening xenophobia, Islamophobia and turning it into a dangerous trend, especially in European countries, and in Western countries, which consider themselves perfect in every matter, is one of the unfavorable realities of our day. Fortunately, there is no national or religious confrontation in Azerbaijan, which is a very pleasant fact. Representatives of all religions and confessions continue to live together in our country for thousands of years in a peaceful, friendly, brotherly, and kind atmosphere. So far, there has never been, and will not be, a chance to create a religious and ethnic conflict in Azerbaijan. People's power is one of the key factors for the successful development of Azerbaijan,” he said.
According to Chairman of the Baku Club of Political Scientists Zaur Mammadov, Azerbaijan has long been doing its utmost to promote interreligious dialogue and peace in the region. "During these years, Azerbaijan has been one of the key countries in the South Caucasus and among the countries of the region, pursuing a policy of peace in all vectors. Of course, the hosting of the next international event in Azerbaijan and the arrival of religious leaders from 96 countries within the framework of interreligious dialogue is a sign of our country's authority. It is very gratifying and essential for Azerbaijan to be headed by a president like Ilham Aliyev. In this sense, President Ilham Aliyev has a very positive image in the world and in international organizations,” he added.
Mammadov stressed that Azerbaijan has had various religious confessions and people of different ethnicities living here for centuries. "There has never been a conflict between religious confessions and peoples in our country. Although we often witness Christian-Muslim, Jewish-Muslim, or Sunni-Shia conflicts in different parts of the world, this cannot be related to Azerbaijan. Of course, this is the result of the environment created in our country for many years and the work done by the independent state of Azerbaijan in this regard,” said the chairman.
Orientalist Seid Jamal Azimbeyli said that the 2nd Baku Summit of World Religious Leaders should be regarded as the success of the Azerbaijani people and state. "Considering the authority of the religious leaders of the world, one begins to realize the importance of this event, which will serve the national interests of Azerbaijan. Also, note that Azerbaijan has hosted the most global and memorable events of the world's leading countries over the past 10 years,” he pointed out.
"National leader Heydar Aliyev had an invaluable role in laying the foundations and strengthening religious-state relations in Azerbaijan,” Azimbeyli emphasized. "Preservation and protection of these principles by President Ilham Aliyev should also be appreciated. We have witnessed the bitter consequences of lack of statehood in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Azerbaijan already has its own model.”