From Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

His Excellency Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Dear President Aliyev,

I write to congratulate you and the beloved peoples of the Republic of Azerbaijan as you celebrate Republic Day on 28 May.

Under your wise, visionary, and compassionate leadership, the Republic of Azerbaijan has distinguished itself as a global champion of ethnic and religious tolerance. Your tireless efforts to create and foster political and social conditions to strengthen the country’s traditions of multiculturalism and inclusivity have earned the respect and lasting admiration of citizens worldwide.

Your Republic Day offers an occasion to congratulate you, Dear President Aliyev, and the peoples of Azerbaijan. It is my fervent hope that the Republic of Azerbaijan’s extraordinary spirit of respect and tolerance for national minorities will serve as an inspirational force for interreligious unity, popularizing a peace that can be championed and defended around the world.

Time and again, Azerbaijan has demonstrated that harmony is possible, and issues can be resolved. I look forward to collaborating with you to support the interfaith/interethnic harmony legacy of peace that you have so successfully advanced.

Your Excellency, with the assurances of my highest consideration and esteem for you and the beloved peoples of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I remain

Very truly yours,


Rabbi Marc Schneier

President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding


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