Peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is of crucial importance to the Azerbaijani people and all Muslims, Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office (CMO), Sheikh-ul-Islam Haji Allahshukur Pashazade said at the meeting with Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Cyril, ITAR-TASS reported.
The sides discussed prospects of interfaith cooperation throughout the CIS today.
Pashazade paid tribute to the Patriarch's activities, stressing that he has "great authority" "not only in the Russian Orthodox world, but also in the Muslim".
Pashazade said he noted about this at the recent summit on the 50th anniversary of the League of Arab States held in Saudi Arabia. "Our joint work in this direction is evaluated not only in the religious world, but also by the leaders of nations. Not only the leaders of CIS countries, but also other states' leaders want to join our dialogue," he said.
"I am personally grateful for the support to our ideas on resolution of the Karabakh problem by peaceful means. It is very important for our people and our Muslims," Pashazade stressed. He highlighted the importance of the fact that the Catholicos of all Armenians took part the World Religious Summit in Baku.
"Sign of great love for your personality is that my closest friends and my son attend today's meeting. You will remain a great friend of our people, our Muslims, and it is very important for resolution of problems that we may face in the future," Pashazade said.
"The relations between the Orthodox and Muslims, between representatives of different religions, including the CIS, always remain the focus of our meetings. I hope that this time also we will talk about our plans for joint activities in Russia, Azerbaijan, the Caucasus and the CIS," Cyril said at the beginning of the meeting, which took place in his working residence in Moscow.
He thanked Pashazade for the great work he is doing "as the supreme Islamic leader of the Caucasus, as a man who has very great authority in the Islamic world." "Inter-religious peace not only in Azerbaijan, but also in entire CIS largely depends on your words and life position," Cyril said. He recalled the successful holding of the World Summit of Religious Leaders in Baku in April. "This meeting had a great positive impact on the work of the CIS Inter-religious Council and also provided an opportunity to transfer inter-religious dialogue from the purely religious to the religious-state level," Cyril added.