Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 4
Holding of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Azerbaijan will become another successful step in terms of promoting the country, said Siyavush Novruzov, deputy executive secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), in an interview posted on NAP’s website.
Considering the fact that Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev declared 2017 the Year of Islamic Solidarity in the country, this event becomes even more significant, he added.
Currently, some are advocating unfair treatment of Islam and attempting to associate Islam with terror, according to him.
By making this decision, President Ilham Aliyev sent a message to the world, said Novruzov.
"The whole world needs to realize and accept what high values the Islamic religion carries. Declaring 2017 the Year of Islamic Solidarity in Azerbaijan and holding the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games mean that Islam is a religion of unity, solidarity, and this solidarity must be sustainable," he said.
Such an opinion is now being voiced in the world that interreligious relations cannot be normalized, according to him.
"This approach is based on the policy pursued by aggressor countries and serves their interests. Invader countries pursue such policy to worsen the interreligious situation and implement their goals. The recent decision made by the US contradicts fundamental state policy of this country – the policy pursued by George Washington, Abraham Lincoln. Any racial, religious barriers are unacceptable, people are equal, regardless of skin color and religion, and it is wrong to discriminate between them," Novruzov said.