July 24, 2021

Religious leaders meet in Astana to fight the "ideologues of terror"

Religious leaders meet in Astana to fight the "ideologues of terror"

The abuse of religion by "ideologues of terror" threatens world peace and progress and must be combated by spiritual leaders with faith and hope, the participants of the VI Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions said today in Astana. .

"We have to move to a new level of interaction so that there is a constructive dialogue between the parties to the conflict," Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev told 84 members of delegations from 46 countries at the opening ceremony of the event held under the slogan "Religious leaders for a safe world".

"I propose that all spiritual leaders address the global community, the people and the states with a call to peace and security," he added.

The president of the Kazakh Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, said that "now more than ever the role of spiritual leaders is to shed light on the true essence of religion, dedicated to creation, not to destruction," Tokayev said. this Tuesday.

In addition, he argued that the congress should try to prevent corruption and abuse of faith of the "ideologues of terror", those who make use of "cultural and religious differences and take advantage of the illiteracy of the socially vulnerable groups of the population" for create a "fanatic environment among your followers".

The participants in this forum, which was held in the iconic Palace of Peace and Reconciliation of Astana, agreed to emphasize the importance of the meeting to promote interreligious communication.

"Today it is the most representative dialogue platform for all religions, international organizations, politicians and experts," Tokayev said.

Statements that coincided with several participants in the congress as the Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel, Yitzhak Yitzhak, who maintained that "the responsibility now lies with us to be an example of constructive dialogue."

The head of the Muslim communities of the United Arab Emirates also celebrated the existence of this event and its influence on the resolution of conflicts.

"People of different nationalities, cultures and religions meet here and this will contribute to the advancement of all the important issues that were expressed in this congress," said Ali Rashid Al-Nuaimi.

In this line, the president of the Council of Muftis of Russia, Ravil Gainutdin, said that this three-year platform is "very important" since it allows "exchange of opinions".

Among the distinguished attendees of the two-day conference were the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, and the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Thomas Greminger.

In addition, the Alliance of Civilizations of the UN, UNESCO and the League of Arab States and other international organizations sent delegates to the event.

The participants included representatives of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism and Shintoism.

It is foreseen that those attending the VI Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions will close the platform tomorrow with the signing of a joint declaration.


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