"We regard this historical achievement as an important success of our national statehood, and consider provision of rights and freedoms of all citizens— regardless of their language, religion and ethnicity—as well as freedom of conscience and religion, one of the priorities of state policy,” he said.
President Aliyev noted that the Orthodox Christian community, like other national minorities in Azerbaijan, is closely involved in the ongoing process of development and civil society building in the country, making its worthy contribution to interethnic and interfaith relations.
“The embodiment of renewal, peace, mercy and compassion, Christmas is solemnly celebrated in Azerbaijan every year,” the president said. “On this blessed day, I sincerely congratulate you and wish your families happiness and welfare.”
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