Conference on peace and multiculturalism held in Spain

A conference titled “Contribution of the interreligious dialogue to peace and multicultural environment” has been held in Murcia, Spain.

The event was arranged with support of Azerbaijan`s Embassy to Spain and Catholic University of Murcia.

The conference brought together State Adviser on Multinational, Multicultural and Religious Affairs, Academician Kamal Abdulla, Chairman of the Caucasian Muslim Board Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahashukur Pashazade, Head of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli, Rector of Baku State University Abel Maharramov, as well as, scientific and art figures.

As part of the event, a memorandum of understanding has been signed between Baku State University and Saint Anthony Catholic University of Murcia.

Addressing the event, Azerbaijan`s Ambassador to Spain Anar Maharramov said the country attached great importance to peace, religious and multicultural values.

State Advisor Kamal Abdulla highlighted Azerbaijan`s experience in the field of multiculturalism. He pointed out that President Ilham Aliyev declared 2016 as the Year of Multiculturalism in Azerbaijan. On the country`s tolerance traditions, as well as its multiculturalism and religious tolerance, the State Advisor spoke about the policy carried out by the State on this front. "This policy carried out and supported by President Ilham Aliyev plays an important role in development of civil society in the country." He added.

Cardinal, Archbishop emeritus of Madrid Antonio María Rouco Varela highlighted the visits of Popes to Azerbaijan, adding representatives of difference religious confessions live in the country in peace and in stability.

Chairman Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahashukur Pashazade spoke about Azerbaijan’s rich history, as well as co-existence of different nations in the country. Mr. Pashazade highlighted the state support to religious and national tolerance, as well as multiculturalism and state-religion ties.

The Chairman provided an insight into the cause and consequences of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Head of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli said that Azerbaijan has developed an exemplary model of multiculturalism, adding that representatives of different religions live in peace and harmony in Azerbaijan.

Rector of Catholic University of St. Anthony Jose Luis Mendoza thanked the participants for the event, adding religion promoted peaceful life among the nations.

Rector of Baku State University Abel Maharramov highlighted tolerance environment in Azerbaijan. The Rector stressed the significance of the agreement signed between the two Universities. The rector said Baku State University was interested in strengthening ties with the Spanish higher schools.

Then a group of participants received special awards.