From the speech of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev at the VIII Summit of OIC - Tehran, Decemder11, 1997

“…The Moslem peoples and countries face complicated processes currenting in the world. On the one hand, science and technology are steadily developing. New discoveries and high technology change the face of the planet. On the other hand, many people suffer from hunger, poverty and illiteracy. Therefore, we are to keep pace with the progress and reach the level of the developed countries. Azerbaijan has considerably developed its political, economic, trade and cultural relations with the Moslem countries within the recent years. Our cooperation within the Organization of the Islamic Conference and other international organizations has been very fruitful and useful…”