Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 2 /Trend E. Mehdiyev/
Energy security has become a very important issue in the world, and Azerbaijan has achieved great successes in this sphere, the Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Relations Department, Novruz Mammadov said.
Mammadov made the remarks during his speech on Monday at the second forum 'South Caucasus in a changing world' organized by the Association of Scientists for International Relations of the Center of Strategic Studies under Azerbaijani President.
Mammadov, having told the forum participants about Azerbaijan, said that the country played an important role in major projects in the sphere of energy security.
"Without Azerbaijan's initiative and participation, these projects could not have been implemented," Mammadov said.
During his speech Mammadov also spoke about Azerbaijan's history.
"If we look at Azerbaijan's history, we will see that multiculturalism has an ancient history in the country. The representatives of different religions have been coexisting peacefully in Azerbaijan for many years," he said.
Mammadov noted that after Azerbaijan's independence, the country's government has taken necessary steps to ensure that the geostrategic space could provide stability and development of the country, and has achieved this.
"Azerbaijan has already become a leading country in the South Caucasus region. South Caucasus is a complex region, and Azerbaijan's leadership tries to provide regional peace and stability," Mammadov underscored.
According to him, Azerbaijan has achieved success in many spheres.
"Important steps have been taken in both cultural and political spheres," the head of the department said.
Azerbaijani top official also spoke about the attention paid to the development of media, and noted that the numerous media-structures are carrying out their independent activities in the country.
Mammadov, speaking about the development of the Internet, said that 65 percent of Azerbaijan's population use Internet, including social networks.
According to him, there are 60 political parties in Azerbaijan, and the government provides financial assistance for their development.
Azerbaijan is also paying special attention to the development of non-governmental organizations, Mammadov said.
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