RIIFS received His Excellency Mr. Bulat Sarsenbayev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nazarbayev Center for the Development of Interreligious Dialogue and Civilisations in Kazakhstan, accompanied by His Excellency Aidarbek Tomatov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Ibrahim Oshev, First Secretary at the Embassy of Kazakhstan, and Almas Kwanishev. The meeting included a round table on religious dialogue in Jordan, with the participation of a number of Muslim and Christian religious leaders.
Chairman of the Board of N. Nazarbayev Center for Development of Interfaith and Intercivilization Dialogue in Kazakhstan, Bulat Sarsenbayev, affirmed that the center is keen to develop international partnership with Jordan. In a statement issued by the Kazakh embassy in Amman on Wednesday, Sarsenbayev praised the Jordanian-Kazakh relations, saying these ties “have reached a high level.” “As part of a working trip to Amman from November 24 to December 2 of this year, Sarsenbayev held a number of meetings with a number of Jordanian senior officials to enhance cooperation and discuss the ongoing preparations for the upcoming VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which will take place on September 14-15, 2022 in Kazakhstan,” the statement noted. Sarsenbayev stated “Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in February 1993, bilateral relations have been characterized by dynamic development and multifaceted nature, placing the Kingdom on a par with our country’s closest and most reliable allies in the Middle East region.” He also invited a number of Jordanian officials, religious figures and intellectuals to participate in the interfaith event.For their part, the Jordanian participants of the round table noted the uniqueness of the Kazakhstani platform – Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, as well as the significant contribution of N. Nazarbayev Center in consolidating joint international efforts and promoting the ideas of tolerance, harmony, interreligious harmony and stability in the world, the statement indicated. On the sideline of his working visit to the Kingdom, Sarsenbayev took part in the opening of the photo exhibition, which was organized by the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Jordan on the eve of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Strengthening the bilateral partnership, N. Nazarbayev Center and the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, under which the parties will develop cooperation in the implementation of joint scientific projects, expand the academic mobility of researchers, scientists and employees of the two organizations, exchange analytical materials and publications, conduct thematic seminars, conferences, round tables and other events of mutual interest.