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US Ambassador: Azerbaijan recognized for a long history of tolerance and friendship to all races and creeds

Robert F. Cekuta, visited the church in Kish, Sheki Region, Azerbaijan

Baku. 22 September.REPORT.AZ/"Azerbaijan recognized for a long history of tolerance and friendship to all races and creeds". Report informs, Mr. US Ambassador Robert F. Cekuta, visited the church in Kish, Sheki Region, Azerbaijan.

"But tolerance is sometimes a very fragile flower in this world. Many forces are opposed to the kind of respect for others that Azerbaijan has cultivated. In every nation, in every generation we have to keep strengthening those good tendencies and strive against the forces of intolerance", stated the Ambassador.

" Azerbaijan has been rightly recognized for a long history of tolerance and friendship to all races and creeds. I have visited the village of Krasnaya Sloboda and heard from the Mountian Jewish community about the home and support that they have found in Azerbaijan. I also want to recognize how this illustrates the Azerbaijani history and tradition of tolerance. It is very striking to realize that this is a church being lovingly maintained and cared for in a village of Muslims," Mr. Cekuta added.

"I found the visit to this church to be very inspiring and interesting. It is really a success story for many people. The staff that restored and maintains the church are exceptional and I am very grateful for their giving us a tour today. It is impressive that Thor Hyerdahl and the Government of Norway joined in to help preserve this monument. The Government of Azerbaijan also deserves credit for helping restore and maintain this cultural treasure", concluded the Ambassador.

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