(Itar-Tass) -- Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev said the secular nature of his country is the basis of successful development.
"We treasure the fact that Azerbaijan is a secular state and I am convinced it is the basis of our success. Each country, each people choose the best path for themselves," Aliyev said in an exclusive interview with
Tass and stressed the corresponding state policy is well balanced and clear.
The president said there are no grounds in his Muslim country for religious extremism.
"Islam is a part of our self-conscience, of our history, of our soul. It is the basis of our national values, the basis of our traditions and family values," Aliyev said adding all other religions are also respected
The president said Islamic traditions do not contradict the secular way of life.Such a balance plays a major role in promoting national development.
"All that strengthens our cause. When there is no link between authorities and society or the link is fragile, then it is impossible to feel the pulse," he said.