Azerbaijani Ambassador to Canada gave interview to "Vancouver Sun"
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 14 / Trend /
September 14-18, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Canada Farid Shafiyev plans to make a working visit to the city of Vancouver, the press service of the embassy told Trend.
In anticipation of the visit Shafiev gave an interview to "Vancouver Sun". An article "Westerners need lesson in religious tolerance" based on the interview was published in the newspaper.
In the interview Ambassador Shafiev noted that in 1918 Azerbaijan established its first modern parliamentary republic, and was ahead of both the U.S. and Britain in granting women equal political rights with men and that it was an Azeri who composed the first Muslim opera.
Referring to the anniversary of September 11 and Florida pastor's intention to burn the Koran in protest of the building of Islamic Center in New York, the ambassador said Azerbaijan can teach the world a thing or two about religious tolerance.
In Baku, Azerbaijan's capital city, two Jewish synagogues and a Catholic cathedral coexist alongside Russian Orthodox churches and the many mosques. The construction of the various places of worship was met by a general feeling of tolerance and liberalism, Shafiyev said.