Advisory Council of World’s Religious Figures to be Established at UN – Head of Caucasus Muslims’ Clerical Office

Society Materials 10 April 2008 20:17 (UTC +04:00)
Advisory Council of World’s Religious Figures to be Established at UN – Head of Caucasus Muslims’ Clerical Office

Russia, Moscow, 10 April / Trend corr R. Agayev/ The issue on establishment of an advisory council at UN was discussed during the meeting between the world's religious figures and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The working groups to study the details of the council will be established in the near future. It was decided that the Muslim religion will be represented at the UN Advisory Council by the clerical leaders of Azerbaijan, Jordan and Iran, the Chairman of Caucasus Muslims' Clerical Office Sheik-ul-Islam Haji Allahshukur Pashazade said after the Moscow meeting.

"This is a high estimate reflecting strong trust and respect for Azerbaijan and for the religious tolerance policy pursued by the country's government," Pashazade said.

According to the Sheik-ul-Islam, during the working dinner of clerical leader and the UN Secretary General he extended Ban Ki-moon the best regards from the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. And the UN Secretary General in his turn spoke highly of Azerbaijan and mentioned that he had visited the country twice and is very satisfied about the cooperation with the head of Azerbaijan.

Pashazade said he had invited Ban Ki-moon to pay a visit to Azerbaijan.

The UN Secretary General and other attendees took up Pashazade's initiative of holding the next clerical leaders' summit in Baku in October 2009.

The working dinner involving clerical leaders and Ban Ki-moon took place in the Moscow Danilovskaya Hotel on 10 April. Allahshukur Pashazade, the Chair of Foreign Church Relations Department at the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, Archbishop Antonio Menini, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu and Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Aleksandr Yakovenko were in attendance.

The meeting discussed the ways of interaction between world's main religious communities and UN, as well establishment of more systematic partnership between religious figures and UN.

The UN Secretary General noted the importance of inter-religious dialogue for strengthening the peace and stability in the world.