TEHRAN (Iran News) – An online round table “Interfaith dialogue for peace and understanding” was held online in Tehran yesterday.
The event was organized by the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Iran with the support of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Center for the Development of Interfaith and Inter-civilizational Dialogue, with the active participation of the Organization for Cultural and Islamic Relations of Iran and the Iranian Embassy in Kazakhstan.
The round table was attended by the Vice Minister of Information and Social Development S. Egizbayev, Chairman of the Center for Interfaith and intercultural dialogue of the Organization for Cultural and Islamic Relations of Iran G. Suleimani, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Iran A. Orazbay, Ambassador of Iran to Kazakhstan M. Saber, Deputy Mufti of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Kazakhstan E. Ongarov, Deputy Head of the International Organization of Religious Studies in Qum X .Abdipur, Head of the NJSC “Kazakhstan Institute of Social Development“ Rukhani Zhagyru ”K. Maigeldinov, Head of the Department for Islamic, Orthodox Christian and Protestant Religions of the Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue of the Organization for Cultural and Islamic Relations of Iran Ms. Z. Rashidbeigi and other experts you are of two countries.
Vice Minister of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan S.Yegizbayev officially opened the round table and officially opened the round table and spoke about the achievements of Kazakhstan over 30 years of independence, including the importance of interreligious dialogue.
Head of the Institute of the Center N.Nazarbayev for the Development of Interfaith and Intercivilizational Dialogue Y.Baibol noted the effective implementation of the initiatives of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy N.A. Nazarbayev in the international arena, including the importance of the Congress of World and Traditional Religions in establishing interfaith dialogue in the world, the subsequent political and economic reforms of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan K.K. Tokayev, as well as development of the society of the Republic of Kazakhstan in harmony.
The Chairman of the Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue of the Organization for Cultural and Islamic Relations of the Islamic Republic of Iran G. Suleimani paid special attention to the role of interreligious dialogue in history and the meaning of the ayah of the Koran in this regard.
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Iran A. Orazbay elaborated on the fact that under the leadership of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy N.A. Nazarbayev, a unique Kazakhstan model of achieving interreligious and interethnic dialogue was formed, such important international events as the Congress of World and Traditional Leaders were held in the international arena religions. The Ambassador of Kazakhstan stressed that Kazakhstan President K.K. Tokayev, without interrupting political continuity, attaches great importance to the preservation of interreligious and interethnic harmony and mutual understanding, including the continuation of the work of the Congress of Religions in a new context.
In addition, the Ambassador of Iran to Kazakhstan M. Saber said that he was very glad to be with a diplomatic mission in a peace-loving country, which is an adherent of dialogue and tolerance. He emphasized that the initiatives of the First President Kazakhstan President N. Nazarbayev to convene the “Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions”, to create the “Assembly of the Peoples of Kazakhstan” are a vivid evidence of Kazakhstan’s aspiration to promote peace, dialogue and cohesion between different religions.
In turn, Mufti Ongarov noted the religious aspects of interfaith harmony, where Kazakhstan is the center of global interfaith dialogue.
Meanwhile Iranian official Rashidbeigi stressed the important role of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in the formation of interfaith dialogue.
In general, these and other speakers discussed the importance of promoting interreligious dialogue for peace and mutual understanding, the efforts of Kazakhstan and Iran in this direction, the relevance of initiatives and ideas put forward at a unique platform for interreligious dialogue – the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, as well as the progress of successful implementation tasks set by Kazakhstan President K.K. Tokayev in the address to the people of Kazakhstan. The speakers also highly appreciated the international initiatives of the leadership of the Republic of Kazakhstan and expressed their hope that the scale of interreligious dialogue would continue to expand and approach the final goal every day.