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13 September 2006
Head of State Nursultan Nazarbaev took part in the work of the Second Congress of world and traditional religions on its final day.



- I am pleased to state that the Congress of world and traditional religions is turning into a respectable international forum working on permanent basis. This means that the idea of inter-confessional dialogue is well-timed and it is becoming a real force in international relations.  I am thankful to the participants of the Congress, who have very high appreciated Kazakhstan’s efforts to maintain the dialogue between cultures and religions and our activities on fighting against national, cultural, religious intolerance. This will always remain one of the foundations of Kazakhstan’s foreign and external policies, -Nursultan Nazarbaev said in the conclusive speech. 


The President of Kazakhstan also suggested an initiative to establish a center for cultures and religions under the aegis of the Congress, which was supported by all participants of the Congress. 

- The world was shocked with the tragedy on the 11th of September, 2001, five years ago, when terrific and cruel terrorist acts committed in the USA demonstrated the danger of destructive forces practicing violence and terror. We were convinced one more time that the world is vulnerable and there are many mutual ties. In the face of global threats the whole world was united against that evil. Today the future of mankind depends on us. We must make all efforts to eliminate the ideology of terrorism and to establish the general values of humanity, - Nursultan Nazarbaev noted.    


On the results of the Congress a joint Declaration was adopted, in which participants of the forum call the international community to reject mutual hostility, discords, hate, to live in the atmosphere of mutual respect, sincerity, and acknowledgment of cultural, religious and civilization diversity, to actively support the process of inter-civilization dialogue, to persistently make efforts for strengthening the peace culture, promotion of its principles as the strong basis of international policy and life of all people. Delegates of the Congress decided to hold the forum of religious leaders on permanent basis and to conduct the III Congress of world and traditional religions in 2009 in Astana, Kazakhstan. 

43 delegations from more than 20 countries participated in the work of the forum, which represent all major and traditional religions and confessions of the world, namely Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto and others. Famous political and social figures, representatives of legislative bodies and non-governmental organizations from different countries all over the world were invited as guests of honor. 

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