Brussels held roundtable on interethnic and interfaith accord in Kazakhstan


Dimash Syzdykov

Brussels held roundtable on interethnic and interfaith accord in KazakhstanA roundtable on Interethnic and interfaith accord in Kazakhstan was held in Brussels on May 12. Representatives of European structures, diplomatic missions, various diasporas of the post-soviet countries living in Belgium as well as international experts gathered for the discussion.

According to Ainur Kassenova, Chairman of Arman Belgian Association of the People of Kazakhstan and organizer of the roundtable, interethnic and interconfessional harmony has become a pledge of stability and development of our country since 1991. The roundtable aims at familiarization of multinational and multi-confessional Europe with Kazakhstan’s lifestyle.

Archpriest of the Saint Nicholas Church in Brussels, Representative of the Moscow Patriarch to the European International Organizations Antony Ilyin noted that Kazakhstan had always been a hospitable place for the Congress of the World and Traditional Religions Leaders. Both Kazakhstan and Russia have a unique experience in preservation of interethnic and interfaith dialogue which can be useful for Europe too, he said.

In turn, Chairman of Gornoye Delo international Association Sergey Pervukhin said that for a long time Kazakhstan had not faced any religious and interethnic conflicts. “President Nursultan Nazarbayev could create a favorable climate in the republic. The people of Kazakhstan enjoy tolerance and peacefulness today”, he added.