Azerbaijan ensures freedom of religion for all: state committee chairman

Azerbaijan Materials 9 June 2009 12:45 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 9 / Trend , K. Zarbaliyeva/

Chairman of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Religious Associations says Azerbaijan provides freedom of religion to all.

"Azerbaijani government has impartial attitude to religious sects and the country does not discriminate against any religion," State Committee for Religious Associations Chairman Hidayat Orujov said at a meeting with the Indian ambassador Debnat Show.

As many as 102 religious communities were registered in Azerbaijan in 2008. Currently, there are 553 religious communities in the country.

Some 101 of the registered community was Islamic and one non-Islamic, that is Kubar Jewish community in Sumgayit.

Orujov described relations between state and religion and added that state makes all efforts to provide freedom of religion and religious stability in the country.

"All religions are the same for Azerbaijani government. Each citizen is ensured freedom of religion. This is state policy," Orujov said.

Ambassador Show said India is the second largest country for number of Muslims. People worship various religions and there are free in their belief. There is no state religion. Equal conditions have been provided for all religions.  

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