Ilham Aliyev: "Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan - are brothers" - PHOTOS

Tue 07 April 2015 04:27 GMT | 09:27 Local Time

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"We still have to work harder to unite our efforts in order not to enable those who are trying to present Islam as a threat to the world"

The statement came from the President Ilham Aliyev speaking at a dinner given in Jeddah on behalf of the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in honor of the Azerbaijani President, APA reports,

President of Azerbaijan said that he had discussed issues of bilateral relations and regional development with the King of Saudi Arabia: "We have once again confirmed the strategic nature of our partnership. Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan are brothers and friends. We have always supported and will support each other in all international institutions. At the same time yesterday during a meeting with the ministers of your country, we have discussed various projects related to economic and political cooperation, the possibility of increasing the volume of bilateral trade. We must raise our economic partnership to the level of political cooperation. A large delegation of businessmen from Saudi Arabia, which will visit our country next month, and our delegation that will travel to your country in November, I think will create a very productive format for economic co-operation. "

The President noted that Azerbaijan, as a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, seeks to play a very active role and contribute to the Islamic solidarity in the world: "At a time when our country was a non-permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations, we paid special attention to the Cooperation between the United Nations and the OIC. I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for the strong support given to the candidacy of Azerbaijan for the election of our country as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Then I very clearly said that if Azerbaijan is elected, it will represent and protect not only itself, but all the countries of the Muslim world. "

Ilham Aliyev assured that Azerbaijan will work further to strengthen Islamic solidarity: "In 2017, Azerbaijan will host Islamic Solidarity Games. This is also a contribution to our unity. Since these games will not be just sporting events, but the days of unity and solidarity of our young generations in the Muslim world. We need to pass the tradition of brotherhood to younger generations who will replace us. It should be noted that today the media, globalization, and other elements of our daily life play a role in terms of various aspects. Unfortunately, sometimes they play a negative role, calling into question our roots and traditions. Globalization is a good process. But sometimes, if it means forgetting the roots, traditions, religion, holidays and values, then we do not support such a globalization. For this reason, the young generation of the Muslim world should be raised, based on our national and traditional values."

The President stressed that Azerbaijan organized a lot of conferences, exhibitions and other cultural events in different parts of the world to demonstrate the culture of the Muslim world, to present Islam as a religion of peace, brotherhood and tolerance: "In order not to enable those who are trying to present Islam as a threat to the world, we must still work harder to unite our efforts. Islam is a religion of peace and brotherhood. We know that. Everyone should know this. We need to become more active in order to promote our values ​​and to present our past, present and future plans correctly. I believe that together with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which has become now one of the leading international organizations, we will achieve these goals. "

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