Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The IV Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions concluded its proceedings today in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, with the adoption of a statement on behalf of the conference participants, which stressed the importance of promoting common values of inter-religious dialogue, mutual respect, harmony and friendship, solidarity, justice and creative activity.
The statement affirmed that religion is one of the most influential means of solving social problems in modern society and promoting world peace and prosperity.
As well highlighting and urging recognition of the creative role of women in the family and society, the statement explained that the consolidation of the foundations of society’s moral and spiritual values, and the revival of family values are central to achieving sustainable development and understanding the essence of human existence. The Conference adopted the address sent by Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), as a reference document for its final statement.
It also stressed that the key to a secure world resides in dialogue based on mutual respect, cohesion, compassion, justice, tolerance and equality, while calling for improving interaction and cooperation mechanisms between religious and political leaders, international organizations and the civil society. Furthermore, the Conference expressed its concern over continued wars and racial conflicts, rise of crime rates, and the forms of religious fanaticism and extremism that are conducive to violence.
It also denounced the threat or use of force in any form whatsoever, while calling on the world states to make concerted efforts to resolve these problems. Participants in the Conference expressed their support for establishing a council for religious leaders to foster understanding and cooperation between the followers of religions. /End/