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Azerbaijani delegation meets Finnish MPs

Helsinki, April 28, AZERTAC

An Azerbaijani delegation led by State Adviser on Multinational, Multicultural and Religious Affairs, Academician Kamal Abdulla has met Member of Finnish Parliament Juho Eerola, Head pf Azerbaijani-Finnish Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group Eero Lehti.

The delegation included Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli, Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Office Sheikh ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade, Head of the Community of Azerbaijan's Mountain Jews Milikh Yevdayev, head of Baku European Jews Community Gennadi Zelmanovich, Archbishop of Baku and Azerbaijan eparchy Alexander Ishein, Head of the Catholic community in Azerbaijan Ordinary Vladimir Fekete, Member of the Parliament Javanshir Pashazade and Executive Director of Baku International Multiculturalism Centre Azad Mammadov.

Juho Eerola highlighted activity of the religious unions in Finland, as well as the country`s state-religion relations.

Head pf Azerbaijani-Finnish Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group Eero Lehti spoke about bilateral relations between the two countries, saying these bonds developed across the last years.

State Adviser on Multinational, Multicultural and Religious Affairs Kamal Abdulla highlighted what the Azerbaijani government has been doing to preserve and promote multiculturalism globally. He said that Azerbaijan`s model of multiculturalism is now studied by a number of countries.

Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli informed about the Committee`s activity and said that Azerbaijan has developed an exemplary model of multiculturalism, adding the country pays special attention to preservation and further development of historical and cultural heritage.

Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Office Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazade highlighted living in peace and stability of representatives of various confessions in the country, adding various peoples of the region have historically enjoyed good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation based on the robust tolerance traditions, mutual respect and trust.

“Muslims, Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Jews and members of other religious communities co-exist in unique friendship, brotherhood conditions in Azerbaijan and enjoy state care and attention.” “This is a rare example of religious harmony.”

MP Javanshir Pashazade stressed the importance of establishment of further close relationship between the governments and parliaments of both countries.

Rauf Aliyev

Special Correspondent

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