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Pope Francis and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. (Photo Credit - Akorda press service)
Pope Francis and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. (Photo Credit - Akorda press service)

Pope Francis lauds Kazakhstan's role in promoting dialogue and peace

ANI | Updated: Sep 14, 2022 15:17 IST


Nur-Sultan [Kazakhstan], September 14 (ANI): During his meeting with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Tuesday, Pope Francis lauded the country's role in promoting dialogue and peace.
According to Akorda's press service, President Tokayev welcomed Pope Francis, who arrived to attend the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, reported The Astana Times.
Together they gave a press conference at the Akorda presidential residence, where the President emphasized the historical significance of the Pope's visit.
"Pope Francis is making an apostolic visit to Kazakhstan for the first time. This year marks 30 years since establishing diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the Vatican. Your visit coincided with this important date. We attach particular importance to this event since today's meeting is designed to take our cooperation to a new level," the President said.

The Pope, in turn, noted Kazakhstan's prominence as the crossroads and a link between Europe and Asia, reported The Astana Times.
He also expressed appreciation of the country's contribution to nuclear disarmament, development of environmental policies and commitment to carbon neutrality.
"This, along with the commitment to interreligious dialogue, is a seed of hope sown in the common soil of humanity. It is up to us to cultivate those seeds for the sake of future generations, for the young, whose desires must be considered as we make decisions affecting the present and the future," said the Pope.
As part of his visit, Pope Francis will conduct an open-air holy mass for Roman Catholics and representatives of other religions and confessions on Sept. 14 at the EXPO square, reported The Astana Times.
The visit of Pope Francis comes 21 years since Pope John Paul II paid a state visit to Kazakhstan on Sept. 22-25, 2001, just a few weeks after the 9/11 tragedy. (ANI)

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