Astana to host 5th Congress of World Religions 2015

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(By Shahid Qureshi in Astana)    Kazakhstan to host 5th Congress in capital Astana. More than 1400 delegates are attending this congress from all over the world. King of Jordan and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon are also expected at the event. The congress is an initiative of long serving popular President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Fifth congress will be held on June 10-11, 2015 in capital Astana.

Over years of independence Kazakhstan has been creating its own unique model of the society of interethnic and inter-confessional accord well-known and recognized all over the world as “Kazakhstan`s way”.

Kazakhstan has been home to representatives of approximately 130 ethnic groups (belonging to more than 40 different religions and denominations), who have been fully co-existing. There are about 3200 mosques, churches, houses of prayer, about 4000 religious organizations in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan`s unique experience turned out to be vital at the global level; that is why Astana has been hosting a meeting and dialogue of religious leaders of the world community. The leaders of such world powers as Russia, the USA, the UK, France, Egypt, influential politicians and leaders of many religions supported this idea.

Dr Shahid Qureshi of The London Post and Giles Fraser from The Guardian representing British media delegation in Astana.

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