|Welcoming address by the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, to the participants of the International scientific-practical conference dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions|
Dear participants of the Conference!
The Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions in Astana is a global platform for dialogue, successfully passed the test of time.
It is a unique mechanism for strengthening inter-religious and inter-cultural communication and understanding in the world.
A decade later, its relevance will only increase, as cultural and civilizational relations are complicated in the present conditions. The number of problems that threaten the moral and ethical foundations of humanity, interfaith and inter-ethnic stability increases in the world.
In order to prevent the emergence and escalation of conflicts, it is necessary to develop a comprehensive dialogue involving religious leaders, representatives of scientific and expert community as well as the means of mass communication.
The Congress should be in the forefront of the global humanitarian dialogue, promoting the ideas of tolerance and trust.
To implement such a noble and important mission it is necessary to improve the form of the Congress, revealing its potential.
I am confident that the work of the conference will contribute to this task. I wish all participants a fruitful work and success!
President of the Republic of Kazakhstan,
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