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Monarch invited to world leaders meeting in Kazakhstan

By JT - Mar 23,2015 - Last updated at Mar 23,2015

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday received Chairman of Kazakh Senate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who conveyed an invitation from President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the King to attend the 5th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. 

The event will take place in Astana in June, under the theme of “dialogue of political and religious leaders in the name of development and peace”.

During his meeting with Tokayev at Al Husseiniya Palace, the King asserted Jordan’s commitment to strengthening its cooperation and boosting its ties with Kazakhstan in various fields, according to a Royal Court statement. 

He highlighted the need to build on the accomplishments of his visit to Kazakhstan last year and his “constructive” talks with the Kazakh president.  

Reviewing current regional and international issues, the two sides stressed the importance of coordination and consultations among countries to achieve peace and boost regional security and stability. 

King Abdullah reaffirmed Jordan’s position, calling for dealing with the threat of terrorism and radical groups under a comprehensive strategy.

The two sides emphasised the importance of clarifying the true image of Islam and underscored the role of religious conferences in highlighting the moderation of Islam. 

The meeting was attended by Senate President Abdur-Ra’uf S. Rawabdeh, Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh and King’s Office Director Jafar Hassan. 

Also on Monday, Rawabdeh met with his Kazakh counterpart and discussed ways to boost cooperation, especially in parliamentary areas. 

The Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions has been regularly held for over 10 years. Throughout this time, participants have shown the importance of dialogue, respect and understanding as a powerful force to ensure peaceful coexistence and prosperity of people belonging to different religions and cultures, according to reports. 

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