VI Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

Conflict resolution and signing of ceasefire agreements should not be the responsibility of political leaders alone as religious leaders should also participate in these processes. Secretary-General of the Religions for Peace International William Vendley shared his opinion with the participants of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. According to Vendley, a sustainable infrastructure for inter-religious harmony and dialogue should exist in every country and every region. The Secretary-General believes that Kazakhstan can serve as an example of inter-faith accord for its region.  

WILLIAM VENDLEY, SECRETARY-GENERAL, RELIGIONS FOR PEACE INTERNATIONAL:

 - What we are experiencing here in Astana is a vital step to begin to build the global infrastructure in which the religious communities have as a normal form of business, access to each other to begin to discern deeply held, widely shared moral care.

Another step aimed at strengthening of the inter-faith dialogue was the signing of a cooperation memorandum between Kazakhstan’s International Center of Cultures and Religions and the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace – an international organization founded last year in Malta. The parties are planning to hold joint researches, analytical works and exchange experiences to strengthen the principles of tolerance to achieve peace. 

AIDAR ABUOV, DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF CULTURES AND RELIGIONS:

 - The Congress delegates and guests are interested in establishing contacts with Kazakhstan’s International Center of Cultures and Religions which provided a platform for the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

AHMED MOHAMMED AL-JARWAN, PRESIDENT, GLOBAL COUNCIL FOR TOLERANCE AND PEACE:

 - We just signed today the MoU with His Excellency and this will permit us to work together to enable us to improve and uplift the values of tolerance and peace. We know that we will learn too much from Kazakhstan. We know that Kazakhstan is rich with the culture of tolerance and peace and this what we felt here today.