President Tokayev holds meetings with world religious leaders and thanks participants for attending the Congress

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NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev held a number of bilateral meetings with senior religious figures within the framework of the Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions on September 14 in Nur-Sultan, the Akorda news service reported.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev welcomes the Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia and the Spiritual Administration of Muslims, Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin. Photo credit: Akorda press service

The President expressed his gratitude to the Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia and the Spiritual Administration of Muslims Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin and the Chairman of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Tatarstan Kamil Samigullin for their active assistance in promoting the goals of the Congress.

Tokayev pointed out that the seventh congress took place at a difficult time and stressed the importance of strengthening interreligious dialogue to unite the international community.

Gaynutdinov and Samigullin thanked Tokayev for the opportunity to meet and praised the level of organization of the congress.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev greets Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau and Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef. Photo credit: Akorda press service

During the meeting with the Chairman of the Department of Church External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, Metropolitan Kirill of Kazan and Tatarstan, and Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan, Tokayev said that the Russian Orthodox Church plays an essential role in strengthening the unity and solidarity of the people of Kazakhstan.

“Kazakhstan offers all the conditions for the development of traditional religions, including Orthodoxy,” the president said.

Tokayev expressed his gratitude to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia for his support in promoting the high goals of the congress and wished him good health and spiritual strength.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev meets with Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, Metropolitan Kirill of Kazan and Tatarstan and Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan

In turn, representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church sent their best wishes to the President on behalf of Patriarch Cyril, as well as his support for the country’s ambitions.

“Kazakhstan is committed to fostering interreligious dialogue. The country always supports religious freedoms. This can serve as a shining example for other states in this field,” Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau and Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef said during the meeting with the President.

“Israel is one of Kazakhstan’s crucial partners in the Middle East. States are constantly strengthening trade and economic cooperation while strengthening cultural and spiritual ties,” Tokayev said.

During the meeting with the Executive Vice President of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Malcolm Hoenlein, Tokayev discussed the development of global dialogue between religions and cultures.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks with Executive Vice President of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Malcolm Hoenlein. Photo credit: Akorda press service

The President thanked Hoenlein for his active participation in the forum and stressed the importance of preserving the traditional foundations of society. Tokayev said he is convinced that this goal is achievable for all faiths, all of which strengthen people’s faith and spirituality.

During the meeting with the Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdelatif bin Abdulaziz Abdrahman Alash-Sheikh, the President thanked the delegation for its participation in the congress. The parties discussed the development of humanitarian cooperation between Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev meets with Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Invocation and Guidance Abdelatif bin Abdulaziz Abdrahman Al ash-Sheikh. Photo credit: Akorda press service

Saudi officials, in turn, hailed the congress as an influential platform to foster global dialogue.

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