Baku, Azerbaijan, May 23
Azerbaijan showed progressiveness of Islam at the Opening Ceremony of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, said President Ilham Aliyev May 23.
He was addressing a meeting with the Azerbaijani athletes who won the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, their coaches, and representatives of Azerbaijan’s sports community.
“We showed that Islam is a religion of science, culture, peace, and mercy,” he said. “We showed off talented Azerbaijanis at the Opening Ceremony. We showed off Azerbaijan’s rich, ancient history and culture to the Islamic and the whole world.”
“At the same time, the Closing Ceremony showed Azerbaijan as a progressive, modern country,” Ilham Aliyev said. “So, this unique mix today makes Azerbaijan an irreplaceable country at a global level. We are loyal to our national, religious values. We preserve them and will preserve them.”
“We are open to the world, we are modern, and we are developing,” he added. “These key factors characterize the modern Azerbaijani state today. We are building a modern state on deep national and cultural roots.”