September 2 of this year, the Chairman of the Management Board of N. Nazarbayev Center for Development of Interfaith and Intercivilization Dialogue Bulat Sarsenbayev held a meeting with the ex-Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism of Canada Tony Ruprecht.
The meeting was initiated by a Canadian politician to exchange opinions in the field of interfaith and intercivilizational dialogue, religious tolerance and freedom in Kazakhstan.
Showing sincere gratitude for the opportunity to share experience in the development of interreligious harmony, Chairman of the Management Board of N. Nazarbayev Center Bulat Sarsenbayev spoke about the key goals and objectives of the Center in the implementation of international initiatives of the First President of Kazakhstan – Elbasy N. Nazarbayev, which laid the foundation of trust in the country as a new a member of the world community, as well as the strategic actions of the Head of State K. Tokayev in ensuring the recognition of Kazakhstan in the international arena and strengthening its global security.
In this regard, Bulat Sarsenbayev shared the ideas of a uniquely built model of public peace and harmony in Kazakhstan – the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which makes its invaluable contribution to the global process of interaction between cultures, religions and civilizations.
One of the key topics of discussion was the upcoming XIX meeting of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions and its Working Group under the leadership of the Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions M.Ashimbaev, which will be held on October 5-6 this year in Nur-Sultan.
At the same time, B. Sarsenbayev dwelt in detail on the international events of the Center, including round tables on the eve of and following the results of the XIX meeting of the Secretariat of the Congress, which are held on the basis of diplomatic missions of Kazakhstan in 13 countries of the world, and invited Tony Ruprecht to take part in the work of these activities.
For his part, the Canadian politician thanked for the high honor, noting the special contribution of Kazakhstani initiatives in promoting interfaith dialogue at the international level, and also expressed confidence that joint efforts in solving global problems would achieve the designated goals.
In addition, Tony Ruprecht especially noted his willingness to cooperate on promoting the ideas of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions and the Kazakh initiative in North America and, in particular, in Canada.
Earlier, ex-Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism of Canada Tony Ruprecht visited the N. Nazarbayev Center as part of a press tour for foreign journalists in Kazakhstan, which took place on August 27 on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.