WASHINGTON, June 28 – 30, 2022, Kazakh delegation led by the Commissioner for promoting the goals and objectives of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, Chairman of the Managing Board of the N.Nazarbayev Center for the Development of Interfaith and Intercivilizational Dialogue Bulat Sarsenbayev, participated in the II Summit on International Religious Freedom, held in Washington (USA) under the chairmanship of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) with the participation of about 79 organizations and more than 1,000 leaders of religious denominations, politicians, scientists and civil activists.
At the Summit, Chairman of the Managing Board Bulat Sarsenbayev and Deputy Chairman of Religious Affairs Committee of the Ministry of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan Anuar Khatiyev at a plenary session dedicated to the regions of South and Central Asia spoke about the importance of promoting religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, as well as preparations for the upcoming VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan.
Moreover Kazakhstan representatives delivered updates on the work of Government to promote religious freedoms in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as shared a success story on practical implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Committee on Religious Affairs of the MISD and LYN Community adopted on previous Summit.
The participants of the event were introduced with the brochures about the activities of the Center, information topics, books about the history of the Congress during a specialized exhibition during the Summit.
In addition, as a part of the working trip kazakh delegation met with Co-Chairman of IRF Summit Samuel Brownback, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Rashad Hussein, Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Nury Turkel and President of the US non-government organization "LYN Community" Wade Kusack.
As a result parties agreed to further develop cooperation in the area of religious freedom, as well as plan to expand contacts between two countries.
The parties noted the importance of holding the Congress, and also focused on the unique kazakh model of peace, unity and interfaith dialogue, which in recent years has demonstrated its relevance and effectiveness to the whole world.