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Azerbaijani President Aliyev (file photo) (RFE/RL)
PRAGUE, June 16, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev today called for Islamic countries to join efforts to fight the rising resentment against Muslims in the world and the perceived connection between Islam and terrorism.
Aliyev's comments, addressed at a meeting in Baku foreign ministers from the Organization of the Islamic Conference, were echoed by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, who said Azerbaijan wants to act as a bridge between east and west.
In his speech, Aliyev also called for international support to resolve the conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijan today assumed the presidency of the OIC from Yemen.