Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 29
By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:
Criticism of Azerbaijan in the world is related to the double standards applied to the country, Georgia's former president, Mikheil Saakashvili, said Apr. 29.
He made the remarks at the 3rd Global Shared Societies Forum held in Baku.
"We often hear opinions that Russia is a big country and it must be respected. So if Azerbaijan is a small country, it can be criticized? It is some kind of dual approach to Azerbaijan," he stressed.
Saakashvili also said he was inspired by the success of Azerbaijan.
"Azerbaijan is a liberal country, which is developing dynamically," he said.
He added that Azerbaijan and Georgia are the only alternative source of energy supply for Europe.
The 3rd Global Shared Societies Forum kicked off in Baku on April 28. The Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Diaspora and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center organized the event.
The topic of the forum is "Building Trust in the Emerging World Order".
The event discusses topics and issues related to the fight against terrorism, ethnic and religious conflict resolution, democracy development, education reform, and environment preservation.
The forum provides a space for current and ex-presidents, prime ministers, ministers, and leading scholars and experts to assess the current state of the world and the most pressing threats to international security and peace, and to elaborate concrete steps for today's leadership to overcome these divisions.
Edited by SI
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