Politics Materials 12 September 2005 19:13 (UTC +04:00)

The issues of the cooperation development were discussed on 12 September in Baku at the meeting of the President Ilham Aliyev with the authorized representative of Vatican, cardinal Crescenzo Sepe.

The head of the state called a momentous event the ceremony of laying the stone under the new building of the Catholic Church, which took place yesterday in Baku, Trend reports. В"Construction of this church in Azerbaijan demonstrates once more that the religious tolerance in Azerbaijan is at the high level.

All confessions function freely, all people live like one family”, Aliyev said and added Azerbaijan attaches a large importance to the development of relations with Vatican. В"We are happy with our relations, being at the high level. We are confident, the cooperation will develop further”, the President said.

Speaking on his visit, the cardinal noted, the head of Vatican Benedictus XVI finds this trip important.

He voiced gratitude for the support of intentions and actions to be implemented in Azerbaijan. Allotment of a plot of land for the construction of the Catholic Church, according to cardinal, is appreciated highly by Vatican and is the vivid example of the desire to develop the cooperation.

Sepe thanked also for assigning the area for the homeless’ asylum. According to him, Vatican and the catholic congregation of Baku are always ready to support the development of Azerbaijan.