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Azerbaijan and Me. A Week Travel Log in Azerbaijan: Part 4

In Summation

Hospitality is Azerbaijan’s Grand-Prix

While in Azerbaijan, I attended the 2-day ‘Azerbaijan 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue – Baku Process.’ It is a new avenue to try to achieve human security, peace and sustainable development. In Azerbaijan, interculturalism is protected by the state.

It is a special place, a model of harmonious coexistence, a place filled with love, a model-state that should transform every nation, for all mankind to learn from.

As part of having a population of different religions and diverse ethnic backgrounds, all are living in incredible harmony. To become the world’s exemplary to such coexistence, Azerbaijan invests a great deal in this path.

With Prof. Dr. Kamal Abdullayev-Forum founder
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev speaks at the opening of the Forum
4th World Forum – Panel on Intercultural Dialogue

World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue

One of these investments is the “World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue,” now in its 4th year.

Azerbaijan thrives for the world to be a safer place and for that purpose it believes in bringing people from all 4 corners of the world for a poignant dialogue. This is the purpose of the Azerbaijan ‘World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue – Baku Process’ that took place during May 5th-6th, 2017.

It is an incredibly well organized world event that brought into Azerbaijan over 800 participants, from all over the world. Its aim is to show, teach, taste and sense a country its citizens are so proud of. Azerbaijan’s exceptional hospitality makes such a gathering exceptionally exciting.

The Azerbaijanis are polite people; they make desirable company to be with and around.

Bridge Between East and West

Due to its location, Azerbaijan thrives to be the corridor, the bridge between east and west. The country is a member of the Council of Europe as well as a member of the Islamic Cooperation Organization. In 2015 Azerbaijan hosted the first European Games, kind of regional Olympics. It is about to host the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, during May 12-22, 2017 and 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix to take place on central streets of Baku on June 23-25, 2017.

Formula 1 is about to take place

Mr. Ilham Aliyev is Azerbaijan’s current president who appears to be a statesman. At the opening event of the 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, Mr. Aliyev spoke for approximately half an hour, without a teleprompter or notes. He spoke from the heart, presenting to the audience, in precise sequence, his country’s thus far accomplishments, goals and challenges and he did not hold back when he had to critique the world community. In his opinion, terrorism is the result of illiteracy and poverty, which Mr. Aliyev is diligently working to defeat in his own backyard.

Azerbaijan is called Republic of Azerbaijan. Its governing system is the Judicial Branch, the Supreme-Court, consisting of 39 judges who meet every three months, using the country’s law that is based on the French and German law. The Legislative Branch, the Milli Majlis, Azerbaijan’s National Assembly and the Executive Branch, the President’s office. The country also has a Prime Minister.

I am at the Supreme-Court on the Chief Judge chair
Supreme-Court building

Azerbaijan offers its citizen the freedom they deserve. As a new country, it is seeking security, stability and outside investments.

It was my first time to visit Azerbaijan. In Baku, the country’s capital, there is that Mideast mixed with European architecture characteristic that gives the city a special contrast of old and new. Remnants of the many years of USSR Communist rule can still be seen in the city. The city is growing by leaps and bounds and construction projects can be seen everywhere: Baku, White City project.

Old city and Fairmount in the background
I am having much fun at Baku’s old city bazaar

It was my first time to be visiting a predominately Moslem county. What I saw, tasted and smelled is exceptionally exiting to share with the world.

Azerbaijan, though a rose in a very thorny neighborhood, could serve as a model for world peace. It is a country where the ancient traditions meet, with pride, the modernity of the 21st century. There is a certain naiveté to the people of this interesting country, naiveté I hope and pray they never lose in their country’s dynamic growth and from outside influence.

Azerbaijani artisan
Azerbaijani carpet weaver

I was told that the people of Azerbaijan love guests, and they showed it, with much respect and hospitality, to everyone who arrived to attend the Forum.

There is a saying, ‘the opposite of love is not hate, it is apathy,’ the apathy it appears that our world is sinking into, not in this small republic.

Go visit Azerbaijan and then please whisper in my ear how right I am of my impression of this quite magical country.

Nurit Greenger: During the 2006 second Lebanon War, Nurit Greenger, referenced then as the "Accidental Reporter" felt compelled to become an activist. Being an 'out-of-the-box thinker, Nurit is a passionately committed advocate for Jews, Israel, the United States, and the Free World in general. From Southern California, Nurit serves as a "one-woman Hasbarah army" for Israel who believes that if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.

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