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Azerbaijan invites Grand Imam of Al-Azhar to attend the COP29 Climate Summits and Global Faith ‎Leaders Summit


Mon 10 Jun 2024 | 11:04 PM
Azerbaijan invites Grand Imam of Al-Azhar to attend the COP29 Climate Summits and Global Faith ‎Leaders Summit
Azerbaijan invites Grand Imam of Al-Azhar to attend the COP29 Climate Summits and Global Faith ‎Leaders Summit
Mohamed Mandour

 At the Headquarters of Al-Azhar, HE Prof. Ahmed Al-‎Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ash-Sharif, received Mr. President Ilham ‎Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to discuss ways to ‎strengthen relations between Azerbaijan and Al-Azhar.‎

The Grand Imam welcomed the Azerbaijani President and the honorable ‎delegation accompanying him to Al-Azhar Ash-Sharif, stressing the depth ‎of the historical relations binding Al-Azhar and Azerbaijan. He also noted ‎that Azerbaijani students enrolled at Al-Azhar represent a key pillar in this ‎relationship. He added that Al-Azhar is ready to increase the scholarships ‎offered to Azerbaijani students in Al-Azhar is in line with Azerbaijan’s ‎requirements, host Azerbaijani Imams and preachers for training in the ‎Al-Azhar International Academy for the Training of Imams and Preachers, ‎through a program specifically designed for the nature of Azerbaijan and ‎its future aspirations.‎

The Grand Imam also affirmed Al-Azhar’s readiness to harness all its ‎capabilities to achieve Muslim unity, which is the most prominent ‎challenge facing our nation at present, stressing that the unity of the ‎Muslim ranks is the only way for Muslims to regain their position and ‎assume a key role in the new world order.‎

Imam At-Tayyeb expressed Al-Azhar’s readiness to raise the level of ‎cooperation with Azerbaijan, through the cooperation with the Caucasus ‎Muslims Board led by HE Sheikh Allahshükür Pashazade and establishing ‎an Arabic language center in Baku to help Azerbaijani Muslims learn the ‎language of the Holy Qur’an. He also indicated that he is following up on ‎the activities of the Council of Muslim Elders (MCE) and its key initiatives ‎related to Azerbaijan. He then noted that he looks forward to having ‎more initiatives and coordination between Azerbaijan, Al-Azhar Ash-‎Sharif, and the MCE, especially with the approach of the UN Climate ‎Conference in Baku this year.‎

For his part, President Aliyev underscored his pleasure to be in Al-Azhar ‎Ash-Sharif Headquarters, and his readiness to boost cooperation ‎between Al-Azhar and Azerbaijan towards achieving Muslim unity. He ‎noted that Azerbaijan is making practical efforts to upgrade its relations ‎with and coordination between Muslim countries. He added that ‎Azerbaijan has adopted a strategy for rapprochement between the ‎Islamic world countries. On the other hand, Imam At-Tayyeb expressed ‎his appreciation for these initiatives that aim to achieve Muslim ‎rapprochement, calling on Allah Almighty to grant Azerbaijan success in ‎its noble endeavors.‎

President Aliyev explained that Azerbaijan hosted several events to ‎consolidate the values of religious diversity and promote dialogue ‎between cultures and religions. He pointed out that Muslims live in ‎stability, peace, and understanding side by side with representatives of ‎other religions. He further indicated that Azerbaijan represents a model ‎of interfaith and intercultural coexistence.‎

President Aliyev extended an official invitation to Imam At-Tayyeb to ‎visit Azerbaijan, participate in the two UN climate summits; COP29 and ‎the Global Faith Leaders Summit, and hold meetings with representatives ‎of religious bodies in Azerbaijan. The Grand Imam welcomed the ‎invitation to visit Azerbaijan and participate in the COP29 Summits and ‎the Global Faith Leaders’ Summit, praying to Allah that these summits ‎will be crowned with success. He also prayed Azerbaijan make great ‎strides towards development and prosperity and that it would continue ‎to provide a pioneering model for Muslim countries. He hoped there ‎would be coordination between global political decision-makers and ‎leaders and symbolic religious figures regarding the climate change ‎crisis, especially in this period of global chaos. For him, in which the roles ‎of international institutions have faded, and in which we need strategies ‎that are binding on everyone for the future of future generations.‎

President Aliyev was accompanied by a high-level delegation that ‎included Mr. Jeyhun Bayramov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hikmet ‎Hajiyev, Foreign Policy Advisor to the President, Sheikh ul-Islam, Director ‎of the Caucasus Muslims Board, and Grand Mufti of Azerbaijan, ‎Allahshükür Pashazade, and Mr. Ramin Mammadov, chairman of the ‎State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations, and Mr. Alkhan ‎Polokhov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Cairo.‎