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Azerbaijan 'A Hope for European Multiculturalism'


January 08, 2013

Azerbaijan is a hope for European multiculturalism.

The statement came from chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Formations Elshad Isgandarov at the meeting with the German ambassador to Azerbaijan Herbert Quelle.

During the meeting, the state committee chief spoke about the model of interreligious and interconfessional tolerance in Azerbaijan. Isgandarov noted that this model can serve an example for the world and noted the positive influence of the initiatives of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in this sphere on world processes.

The head of the state committee said that the Center of National Tolerance will start functioning for the deeper study and implementation of these processes in Azerbaijan.

Commenting on the statements about the crash of tolerance in the European countries, Quelle noted that this was based on the presence of multicultural communities and this is a new challenge for Europe.

"Therefore, the matter is about the shortage of intellectual and experienced resources which would respond adequately to these challenges", the diplomat said.

Commenting on this statement, the head of the state committee noted that the preservation of multicultural environment must be among the priority directions of each modern state and in this respect Azerbaijan, which is a European country is a hope for the entire continent.

During the meeting the German ambassador thanked for creation of favorable conditions for the community of the Lutheran church in Azerbaijan. They also exchange views related to the broad propaganda of historical ties between Azerbaijan and Germany including the preservation of moral and cultural heritage of the Azerbaijani citizens with German roots and discussed a number of interesting proposals. 


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