Baku. Victoria Dementyeva – APA. “Azerbaijan reiterates its sincere gratitude to the Islamic Ummah for their long standing position in condemnation of the Armenian occupation of 20% of my country’s territories with notorious ethnic cleansing on the seized lands,” said Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov while delivering a speech at the 40th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Guinea, APA reports.
“We are particularly grateful to OIC Member States for their call for immediate, unconditional and complete withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from all our occupied territories, as it is demanded by the relevant resolutions and decisions of UN Security Council, OIC and other international organizations.
Being closely linked through historical, religious and cultural roots with Islamic Ummah, the Republic of Azerbaijan has always paid particular importance to the development of relations in the political, economic, cultural and other fields with Islamic countries. Dialogue between civilizations has the potential to become an engine for bolstering peace and security, conciliating conflicts, reinforcing cultural diversity and advancing sustainable development.
Azerbaijan has always called for toughened combat against defamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred. Today, it is very important to consolidate our efforts within the OIC to prevent existing trends of Islamophobia.
People of Azerbaijan reiterate their full support to brotherly Palestinian people in their struggle for achieving peace, stability and establishment of their independent state. On 11 June 2013 our capital city Baku hosted two OIC Ministerial Conferences: on Support of the Holy City of Al-Quds and on establishment of the Islamic Financial Safety Net to assist the State of Palestine.
We will be very delighted to host the 5th Session of the Ministerial Conference on Women’s Role in the Development of OIC Member States in the year of 2014 in Azerbaijan,” he said.