Kazakh President Convenes Congress of World and Traditional Religions to Promote Tolerance, Security

September 13, 2006

Source: BBC News


On September 13, 2006 BBC News reported, "More than 40 spiritual leaders from around the world are in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, for the Congress of World and Traditional Religions. The event was organised by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, to promote security and stability through religious tolerance and understanding. Critics say it was also designed to promote Kazakhstan. Delegates are meeting beneath the glass roof of a 62m (190 foot) pyramid built by British architect Norman Foster. For two days, seated in the building's spaceship-like giant hall, Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Buddhist spiritual leaders have discussed religious freedom and tolerance. Much of the conversation has focused on the Middle East and the recent war in Lebanon." For more coverage, go to http://www.religionscongress.org/