Azerbaijan can be world model for state-religion relations: UN

Posted on February 19th, 2014

By Jamila Babayeva

The Azerbaijani state’s measures to promote religious tolerance and dialogue can be an example for many countries in the region and the world.

UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser made the remark at the event “World Interfaith Harmony: Vital for Peace and Development” at the UN’s New York headquarters on February 12.

The event held within the World Interfaith Harmony Week, which the UN marks annually, particularly underlined Azerbaijan’s contribution to strengthening inter-religious dialogue and tolerance, the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations reported.

Al-Nasser further said that the Alliance also developed a partnership with the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations.

He noted that the National Tolerance Centre established by the State Committee serves for the promotion of direct dialogue among religious leaders and holding training and workshops on interfaith tolerance for religious advocates.

Al-Nasser said that the Alliance’s representatives look forward to visiting the Center very soon.

Azerbaijan is in the list of the top five tolerant countries in the world. The representatives of different religions live in an atmosphere of brotherhood in Azerbaijan. The country established the National Tolerance Centre on May 2013. The main aim of the centre is to support and promote tolerance and to provide the religious groups with mutual respects.

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