The leaders of world and traditional religions to be discussed in Astana issues of security

© RIA Novosti / Nikolay to Lazarenkova in fotobounce Astana. Archival photoThe leaders of world and traditional religions to be discussed in Astana issues of security© RIA Novosti / Nikolay to Lazarenkova the image Bank

The sixth Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions, devoted to security issues, will begin Wednesday in the capital of Kazakhstan Astana.

It is planned that on Wednesday the event will be a meeting of the Council of religious leaders and a plenary session on the theme of «Religious leaders for a safer world», which will be received by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. On Thursday scheduled a breakout session.

Political and religious leaders

The Congress, according to the foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan, it is expected the participation of over 80 delegations, including spiritual leaders and representatives of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, as well as representatives of religious and public organizations.

The event also waiting for political figures, including the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, who is in Kazakhstan on an official visit, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, high representative for the Alliance of civilizations Nasir Abdulaziz al-Nasser, Secretary-General of the world conference «Religions for peace» William vendli.

The first Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions was held in September 2003 in Astana on the initiative of the President of Kazakhstan. The forum is held every three years in the capital of the Republic.

Initiatives and expectations

Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov at the beginning of October said that the Congress will focus on the role of religious leaders in maintaining a safe world. «We look forward to achieving spiritual leaders meaningful results for the benefit of strengthening trust and mutual respect, the fight against religious extremism and building a safe world», — said Abdrakhmanov.

The Minister of social development of the Republic of Darkhan Kaletayev in late September also reported that the event will be discussed the proposal to establish a center named after Nazarbayev on development of interreligious and inter-civilizational dialogue. This center, according to Kaletayev, will conduct further congresses and understanding of their work.

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