The Chairman of the Senate Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See (Vatican) Miguel Maury Buendía due to completion of his diplomatic mission on December 21.
The Head of the Upper House thanked Buendía for significant contribution to the development of bilateral co-operation between Kazakhstan and Vatican and wished further professional success. The Speaker also expressed appreciation to the representative of Vatican for outstanding contribution to preparation of the V Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Astana, June 10-11.
The Apostolic Nuncio highlighted particular relevance of the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev on interreligious dialogue against the background of troubling events in the modern world. In his opinion, active involvement of significant political activists and representatives of different religions in work of the Congress makes the forum a unique platform for joint efforts to the benefit of the whole world. "This is “the spirit of Astana", which I’m taking with myself", - said Buendía.