Top official: Azerbaijan has a lot of unique cultural and historical features
Azerbaijan although a small country with population of 9 million, and the size of Austria, yet has a lot of unique cultural and historical features, Head of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration's Social and Political Department Ali Hasanov said in an interview with Huffington Post.
"Azerbaijan has always been the meeting point civilizations - it is the country where East meets West, Christianity meets Islam, it is a middle of historical Silk Way, and still part of Europe," Hasanov said.
He underscored that Azerbaijan is one of few countries in the world where Christianity, Islam and Judaism live in peace.
"We are proud for being tolerant and hospitable people. Until recently, the world didn't know where Azerbaijan was. But now everybody knows Azerbaijan and its capital Baku. This became obvious after Eurovision 2012 - Europe's major song contest, "he said.
Azerbaijan welcomes all those who have an interest in Azerbaijan to visit our country and to experience the country where ancient history coexists with modernity, Hasanov said.
"We are proud for being the first country in the East to grant election rights to women, in 1918, established schools for women, opened opera theatres and we are the first democracy in entire East," he said.