At the XVIII meeting of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, the Senate Speaker, the head of the Secretariat of the Congress Dariga Nazarbayeva held a number of bilateral meetings, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to the press service of the Senate.
Dariga Nazarbayeva held a meeting with the priest Dimitry Safonov, Secretary of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate on interreligious relations of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Dariga Nazarbayeva thanked the priest for many years of support and active participation in the work of the Congress Secretariat.
In turn, Safonov expressed gratitude to Kazakhstan for the support of the Orthodox people.
Also, the representative of the Moscow Patriarchate said that in 2021, the visit of Patriarch Kirill to Kazakhstan is planned.
At the meeting with the Secretary General of the Academy of Islamic Studies Al-Azhar Nazir Mohammed Mohammed al-Nazir Ayad, Dariga Nazarbayeva praised Al-Azhar's efforts to strengthen the role of Islam throughout the world, promoting the true, peace-loving essence of religion, tolerant and uniting all peoples.
Nazarbayeva also met with the representative of the Secretary-General of the World Islamic League, the Secretary-General of the World Organization for assistance and development Abdel Aziz bin Ahmad Sarhan. The parties discussed joint cooperation to develop the activities of the congress and its entry to a qualitatively new level.
Abdel Aziz bin Ahmad Sarhan expressed gratitude to the leadership of Kazakhstan for creating a truly global platform, which many world religions need.