Baku, Azerbaijan, June 21
There is no radicalism or fundamentalism in Azerbaijan and there is no internal source of threat, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said at an Iftar ceremony on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.
Ilham Aliyev noted that the Azerbaijani state rests on very strong national values.
“Islamic values are an integral part of our national values. So we have very strong foundations. These are our national values, which stand above all for us. We try to make sure that the younger generation grows up and is brought up in national spirit. National values should always be our top priority,” the president said.
Along with this, Azerbaijan is a secular and modern state open to the world, according to President Ilham Aliyev.
The president went on to add that the reason behind non-existence of radicalism and fundamentalism in Azerbaijan is the atmosphere in Azerbaijani society.
“Where do radicalism and terrorism come to life? In countries where there is no literacy, where social justice is disrupted, and where there is pervasive injustice and poverty. Therefore, the best guarantee against radicalism is social justice, material well-being, literacy and correct policies. Where there are such factors, there is no basis for radicalism,” he said.
“True, there can be interference from the outside. However, Azerbaijan is a quite strong state taking measures against such interference and ensuring a peaceful life of the Azerbaijani people.”
This is what today's Azerbaijan is like, President Aliyev noted.