NUR-SULTAN, 13th September, 2022 (WAM) -- President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, at the Presidential Palace here today to review the prospects of promoting cooperation.
Tokayev addressed the importance of religious education during the meeting wherein he said that Kazakhstan considers Al Azhar University a "beacon, spreading the light of the values of our common religion – Islam."
"It is critical that the university’s scientists that promote the concepts of tolerance and endurance, patience and kindness, participate in the discussion of the world and traditional religious leaders," he added.
He hailed the conditions for Kazakh students at Al-Azhar University, regarded as the heart of Islamic education for its role in combating religious extremism.
For his part, the Grand Imam expressed his delight at participating in the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, appreciating the efforts made by Kazakhstan, through this global religious summit, to consolidate a culture of coexistence and dialogue.
He added that this Congress has become a global platform that represents the moderate voice of religion while tackling global crises and contemporary challenges, stressing the readiness of the Muslim Council of Elders to support Kazakhstan through the Council's efforts in promoting peace and fraternity, and supporting the role of youth in building bridges and respect between religions.