The diplomat noted that the first secular parliamentary republic in the Muslim world was established in Azerbaijan in 1918, and that the ethnic and religious tolerance was one of the guiding principles of the Republic. Consul General Aghayev said that thanks to tireless efforts by Azerbaijan's leadership, today all religious communities in Azerbaijan continue to enjoy strong interfaith harmony and acceptance, and Muslims, Christians, Jews and other communities live together in peace, dignity and mutual respect in the country.
Consul General also provided an insight into the illegal military occupation and ethnic cleansing of Azerbaijan's lands by Armenia.
Drawing the audience's attention to Azerbaijan's experiences as an independent nation, Consul General hailed the Azerbaijani national leader Heydar Aliyev's tremendous role, whom he characterized as the "founder of modern Azerbaijan". Aghayev underlined that as a result of successful policy pursued by President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan has become political and economic powerhouse in the region today. He also highlightrd Azerbaijan's strategic partnership with the U.S., as well as its relations with regional countries and international organizations.
The Consul General then responded to various questions from the audience.
Following the presentation, the Consul General met with Dr Gregory Anderson, President of the Saddleback College.
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