Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian religious leaders issue statement following Moscow meeting

Religious leaders are ready to contribute to the reconciliation of the peoples of Azerbaijan and Armenia for the benefit and prosperity of the present and future generations, according to a statement read out by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill following a trilateral meeting of religious leaders of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia in Moscow, Russian bureau of SİA informs.

“For the Azerbaijani and Armenian peoples, there is no other future than living together. Today, it is especially important to restore people’s trust,” the statement says.

Patriarch Kirill expressed gratitude to the spiritual leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia for their willingness to meet and discuss face to face “such complex problems that concern the residents and religious communities of our two fraternal peoples.”

“We are convinced that religion has a unique peacekeeping potential,” the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia added.

“No matter how difficult the Armenian-Azerbaijani relations are at this stage, we believe that it is faith in God, love that can help heal the wounds inflicted by many years of tragic confrontation... Religious leaders are called upon to use their authority to create and maintain an atmosphere of good-neighborliness among religions and peoples,” said Patriarch Kirill.

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