September 23, 2015

First sitting of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games Organizing Committee chaired by President Ilham Aliyev takes place

The first sitting of the Organizing Committee of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in 2017 in Baku took place, under the chairmanship of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, September 23.


The Head of the State opened the sitting with an introductory speech.


President Ilham Aliyev, informing that the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games will be held in 2017 in Baku, noted this event would be of significance both for the Islamic world and the whole world. Noting that the Islamic Solidarity Games would once more demonstrate Azerbaijan to the world as a country with great influence, the Head of the State said Azerbaijan would do its best to ensure that these sports event takes place on the highest level. Mentioning the signing of an order to establish the Games’ Organizing Committee, President Ilham Aliyev said Mehriban Aliyeva was entrusted with heading the committee. He noted that Mehriban Aliyeva had headed both the Organizing Committees established in connection with the Eurovision and for the first European Games, and these events had been held on high level. Mentioning, especially, the results of the first European Games, the Head of the State underscored that standards of these games were established in Azerbaijan.


Saying “Azerbaijan showed to the whole world that our country has been living its development period”, President Ilham Aliyev mentioned the dirty campaigns carried on against our country on the eve of the first European Games, and that some foreign circles disseminated information full of slander to stain Azerbaijan’s image, and all these were not casual, they were done intentionally. The Head of our State, saying these efforts led to nothing, mentioned that the guests saw the real Azerbaijan with their own eyes and witnessed that our country was a centre of multiculturalism, Baku was one of the most beautiful cities of the world, the volunteers took pride in their Homeland, and witnessed the professionalism of Azerbaijani sportsmen. President Ilham Aliyev said Azerbaijan pursued an independent policy, was a rapidly developing country, and expressed confidence that there would be more such holidays in future.


President Ilham Aliyev brought to attention that the Formula-1 competitions that have been enjoying great influence throughout the world, and World Chess Olympiad would be held in our country, and that hosting of these competitions would serve to better promoting of Azerbaijan in the world.


Chairperson of the Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva addressed the sitting.


Then Minister of Youth and Sports, member of the Organizing Committee Azad Rahimov took the floor.


After the speeches, President Ilham Aliyev made a closing speech.