Baku, May 12, AZERTAC
“Relations between the friendly countries of Azerbaijan and Iran are developing rapidly. The two countries enjoy excellent mutual cooperation in all spheres, including religious and cultural ones,” said Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli as he met with chairman of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization of Iran Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman.
Mr Gurbanli noted that national leader Heydar Aliyev always paid great attention to the relations between the two countries. “President Ilham Aliyev today continues this policy.”
He underlined that Azerbaijan was one of the model countries for tolerance and multicultural values to the world. He highlighted the government`s work to preserve and promote religious tolerance and prevent radicalism in the country. Mr Gurbanli said all countries must join their efforts in combating radicalism and terrorism.
The Chairman of the Committee then spoke of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Mr Ebrahimi Torkaman recalled meetings between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Iran last year, saying these meetings played a vital role in developing the two countries` ties.
He also expressed Iran`s interest in expanding cultural relations with Azerbaijan. “The days of Iranian cinema are underway in Azerbaijan. An exhibition of photos of Azerbaijani mosques will be held in Tabriz on May 22,” he added.