Chief of a Presidential Administration Department: Actions being Held in Front of Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran Not Aimed At Azerbaijani State
Actions being held in front of our Embassy in Tehran are protests not aimed at the Azerbaijani State Ali Hassanov, Chief of the Social and Political Department of the Azerbaijan Presidential Administration, told journalists, Trend reports.
A number of people have held an action in front of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran as a sign of the protest against the abusive articles about Prophet Muhammad in Newspaper Sanat that were published in Baku. Expressing his attitude to the above-mentioned, Mr. Hassanov said that the action held is not aimed at the Azerbaijani State. In order to protect their religion, their spiritual origin, the people should base upon something. Those people could not protest in front of the Embassies of other countries, settled in Tehran, could they? This paper is published in Azerbaijan; therefore, they expressed their protest in front of our Embassy. Relations between Azerbaijan and Iran are built on the basis of friendship. The media sources of the both countries from time to time write these or those articles against the opposing party. However, state policy is not built on mass media. Media just brings the state policy to the attention of the society, said Mr. Hassanov.
The Representative of the Presidential Administration also touched upon discussions concerning bill On Freedom of Gatherings. According to him, both the Venice Committee of the Council of Europe and the Azerbaijan Government have recommendations concerning amendments to the above-mentioned bill. Mr. Hassanov also said that on the basis of these recommendations, discussions were expected to be held in the short-term outlook. A working group, which was built specially for this aim, is expected to prepare possible amendments to the bill, and
then submit them to the Government.