II Congress

Speech of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy N.Nazarbayev at the opening of the ІІ Congress

September 13, 2006

Dear Congress's participants,

Distinguished guests,

I am pleased to state that the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions is turning into a reputable international forum working on a constant basis. This means that the idea of inter-confessional dialogue is extremely required and is becoming a real factor of the international life.

Therefore, it is especially important that the Congress's participants have reached the unified under­standing of the Universal Principles of inter-religious dialogue and have approved them.

Address of the Nursultan Nazarbayev at the Opening Session of the II Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions


September 12,  2006.

Distinguished Leaders of World and Traditional Religions,

Dear guests of the Congress,

Three years have passed since the moment when we held our First Congress, which gathered together Leaders of World and Traditional Religions for the first time. As we agreed at that meeting, full of good will and intercession, we are again meeting each other in the heart of Eurasia, in Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan. Today I am heartily pleased to greet all of you, who promote the light of high spirituality throughout the world, make all efforts to call nations to live in peace, accord and mutual understanding.

As you remember, at that meeting we made a decision to hold the next Congress in a specially built Palace of Peace and Accord. I kept my promise, the unique Palace has been built up according to the design of famous architect Norman Foster. And now I tell you that you are welcome to the Palace, to Kazakhstan!