On June 3 this year in Uralsk, the N.Nazarbayev Center for the Development of Interfaith and Intercivilizational Dialogue jointly with the Department for Religious Affairs of the West Kazakhstan region held a meeting of the regional club of leaders of religious associations, dedicated to the upcoming VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which will be held in September this year.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Center N.Nazarbayev D.Esenova, Acting Head of the Department of Religious Affairs of the West Kazakhstan region, Chairman of the Club D.Mukatelov, First Deputy of the Department of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Anti-Corruption (Anti-Corruption Service) for the West Kazakhstan region N.Samet, Chief Imam for the West Kazakhstan region B.Sabraliev, Chief Imam of the Mosque "Tulbayev Mohammed-Garif meshiti" K.Gilmanov, Rector of the Local Orthodox religious association "Archangel Cathedral – St.Michael of the Ural Diocese", Rector of the Orthodox Church "Cathedral of Christ the Savior of the Ural Diocese" A.Robu, Priest of the Cathedral of Archangel Michael Uralsk city, press secretary of the Diocese D.Kozulev, head of the local religious association "Ural parish of the Ancient Orthodox Church in honor of the appearance of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos"Feodorovskaya" M.Makeev, head of the local religious association "Ural Parish of the Orthodox Old Believer Church of the Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos" G.Vodolazova, head of the branch "Roman Catholic Atyrau Apostolic Administration" for Latin Catholics The Rite of Western Kazakhstan" "Roman Catholic Parish of the Most Holy Theotokos of Tireless Help in Uralsk" L.F.Nemets, the head of the local religious association Church "Light of the Gospel" of Evangelical Christians Baptists A.Dimitrov, the head of the local religious association "Evangelical Christian Church "Agape" A.Kim, the head of the local religious association "Church of Evangelical Christians "New Life" of the city of Uralsk" R.Bekbosynov, the head of the local religious association "Christian Presbyterian Church" A.Gusmanova, the head of the "Local Church of Seventh-day Adventist Christians of the city of Uralsk S.Kurilov, employees of the Religious administration in the West Kazakhstan region, media representatives.
Speaking to the participants of the meeting, D.Yesenova stressed the importance of the upcoming VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which today has demonstrated its relevance due to the escalation of modern challenges.
Also, the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Center informed about the preparations for the Congress and noted that the Congress will be one of the main international events of the year, in which Kazakhstan will demonstrate to the world its commitment to the ideas of tolerance, openness, mutual respect and trust between the state and society.
During the event, a constructive exchange of views took place, issues of interreligious and intercultural dialogue for the sustainable development of the world and consolidation of efforts to strengthen cooperation between religions and confessions were discussed.
In order to popularize the diversity of sacred places in Kazakhstan, a tour of religious objects of the region was organized for the participants of the club meeting: the Orthodox Church "The Parish of the Cathedral of Archangel Michael of the Ural Diocese", the Orthodox Church "The Parish of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior of the Ural Diocese", the mosque "Tulbayev Mohammed–Garif meshiti" (Tatar Mosque, old Kyzyl Meshit), as well as "Roman Catholic, Atyrau Apostolic Administration for Latin Rite Catholics of Western Kazakhstan".