The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, met with Dr. Maulen Ashimbayev, Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan, with the two sides discussing potential cooperation in promoting interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Secretary-General expressed his appreciation for Kazakhstan’s efforts in promoting dialogue and coexistence and commended the Central Asian state’s significant interest in enhancing the efforts of religious leaders in spreading the values of tolerance, peace, and human fraternity. He noted that the World and Traditional Religious Leaders Conference, organized by Kazakhstan every three years, has become a global platform for dialogue among leaders and followers of various religions and cultures. He also congratulated Kazakhstan on the upcoming celebration of the 20th anniversary of this international summit of religious leaders, which will be held in October.
The Secretary-General noted that the intention of the Muslim Council of Elders is to open a Central Asian branch of the Council in Kazakhstan, with the aim of serving as an effective communication bridge between the Council and the Central Asia nations as well as promoting dialogue, tolerance, and coexistence.
For his part, the Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan praised the efforts of the Muslim Council of Elders, under the chairmanship of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar for its pioneering role in promoting peace in both Muslim and non-Muslim communities and spreading a culture of dialogue and shared coexistence. He emphasized the importance of opening an office for the Muslim Council of Elders in Kazakhstan, as it aligns with the Council’s mission of disseminating values such as tolerance, peace, and harmony, which are in turn in line with the goals of the World and Traditional Religious Leaders Conference.
The Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan also briefed the Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders on the outcomes of meetings with religious leaders in Egypt and other future plans for his nation’s Senate. He expressed gratitude to the Secretary-General for his efforts in promoting a culture of coexistence and peace, as well as his active participation in the Astana International Forum. He also praised the Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi, which serves as a platform for dialogue as well as being a practical application of the noble principles outlined in the Document on Human Fraternity.