(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, August 9. In the Islamic
Solidarity Games held in Baku five years ago, our team showed a
very good result and finished first in team standings. At the same
time, the Games in Baku gave an impetus to the strengthening of
Islamic solidarity because athletes from Muslim countries were
close contact with each other for some time, the President of
Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said during the meeting with athletes
representing Azerbaijan at the V Islamic Solidarity Games in
Turkish Konya, Trend reports.
'This time, after Baku, these Games are being held in Konya, in
a fraternal country for us. I am sure you feel at home here. Of
course, the fact that these Games are being held in Turkey creates
additional opportunities for us. Of course, we are very glad that
these Games are being held in brotherly Turkey. I am sure that
these Games will be remembered both as a celebration of sports and
a holiday of Islamic solidarity. In the Islamic Solidarity Games
held in Baku five years ago, our team showed a very good result and
finished first in team standings. At the same time, the Games in
Baku gave an impetus to the strengthening of Islamic solidarity
because athletes from Muslim countries were close contact with each
other for some time. I am sure that you will make new friends here
as well. These Games are both a sports competition and a factor
that strengthens unity, solidarity and friendship among Muslim
I should also mention that for the first time Azerbaijani
athletes will be representing a victorious country at the Islamic
Solidarity Games. It is a matter of great pride for all of us.
After all, we will take part in these Games as representatives of a
victorious people and a victorious country. Victory achieved on the
battlefields will be reflected in sports competitions,' said the
head of state.
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