The “2017- Year of Islamic Solidarity: Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue” international conference has kicked off in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan under the Patronage of His Excellency Mr. Ilham ALIYEV the President of Azerbaijan, with the presence of both Head of the Caucasian Muslims` Board Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur PASHAZADE and Mr. Mohammed Saleh AL-GARNAS the General Secretary of ISSF.
Mr. AL-GARNAS underlined, through the speech he has delivered during the Conference, that the meeting is an important step towards serving the Youth of Muslim Ummah and it is like putting the first layer of joint Islamic Work to respond to the Resolutions taken by Muslim Leaders. He also pointed out that the calling of His Excellency Mr. ALIYEV (to name the 2017 year as the “Year of Islamic Solidarity”) shows his keenness and awareness of the importance of serving the Muslims, who represent a big portion of the population of the whole world.
Mr. AL-GARNAS stressed the importance of adopting an appropriate “Working-Mechanism”, during the coming period to identify the problems of youth and to adopt proper educational methods that could consolidate the principles of Islamic civilization and to confront the spoiling intellectual threats that are trying to eliminate the culture of Muslims and to spoil its authenticity.
Mr. AL-GARNAS called for adopting the proper strategy & finding scientific solutions that could deal with the problems of youth and to look for various financial resources, in cooperation with Government and Private Sectors , to fund the future plans and programs to achieve a success that is similar to the success achieved during the Islamic Solidarity Games held in Baku, 2017 and witnessed close cooperation between the Government departments, the other entities and organizations.
However, on the sidelines of the Conference, Mr. AL-GARNAS had a meeting with His Excellency Mr. Azad RAHIMOV the Minister of Youth and Sport in Azerbaijan. The meeting was attended by Dr. Chingiz HUSEYNZADA the Vice President of NOC of Azerbaijan and the 2nd Vice President of ISSF to discuss with him means of cooperation between the ISSF and both the Ministry of youth and sport & the NOC of Azerbaijan for the period after the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, 2017 and to discuss preparations for the 4th Islamic Conference of Youth and Sport Ministers to be hosted by Azerbaijan during 2018.