Azerbaijan – as a model of peaceful coexistence among people of diverse cultures

Baku, March 14, AZERTAC

Azerbaijan, the land of fires, has since ancient times been known as the homeland of diverse peoples and cultures.

This land served as some kind of bridge between Eastern culture, on the one hand, and the world, European culture – on the other hand.

For the multinational, multi-confessional, multilingual Azerbaijan, this ideology is put forward by the historical reality itself.

Indeed, Azerbaijan is a unique geographical, geopolitical and cultural space where the representatives of numerous national-ethnic groups live.

The measures taken by the state in this regard contributed to further strengthening of traditions of the Azerbaijani people at all times to live like one family, in an environment of brotherhood and friendship, irrespective of national identity and religion.

Relationship of tens of religious and ethnic communities living in Azerbaijan has caused unity of a variety of their cultures – their folklore, dialects, customs, life, system of religion, etc.

After Azerbaijan gained its state independence, unlike many countries of the region, the culture of the ethnic minorities and ethnic groups living here is protected and develops as a component of culture of the country.

The Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan takes active part in the programs to promote “cultural diversity” realized under the auspices of UNESCO, the Council of Europe and OSCE.

Currently, representatives of tens of ethnic minorities live in Azerbaijan: Russians, Ukrainians, Tats, Kurds, Belarusians, Jews, Turks, Germans, Tatars, Avars, Georgians, Udis and others.

Support and preserving the cultural diversity have found its reflection in a state policy of Azerbaijan.

In fact, multiculturalism and tolerance is a lifestyle of multinational and multi-confessional Azerbaijani people, as well as an integral part of the state policy, preserved throughout the centuries.

The political leadership of Azerbaijan carries out important work on development of all nations and peoples living in the country.

During the leadership of the country by national leader Heydar Aliyev, a special attention was paid to the culture of ethnic minorities and this policy is being successfully continued by President Ilham Aliyev.

The Azerbaijani government, together with international organizations regularly hosts Intercultural Dialogue Forum and Baku International Humanitarian Forum in the country.

As Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in his speech during the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue held in Baku in 2019, “Multiculturalism for us is the way how we live. This is a relatively new word but we have lived in this atmosphere for centuries. And the fact that 2016 was declared the year of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan demonstrates that we want to attract attention of the world to this important idea.”

Multiculturalism for Azerbaijan is one of the important elements of the state policy and through the international center of multiculturalism the country is promoting these values, demonstrating that multiculturalism has a great future.

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