The joint statement said: “The Holy See and the Republic of Kazakhstan agree that a culture of dialogue must be one of the basic values of the contemporary world. The continuation of peaceful coexistence in the face of contemporary challenges is achievable only through an inclusive and comprehensive dialogue.”
“Therefore, Kazakhstan welcomes the decision of Pope Francis to attend the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, to be held in Nur-Sultan in September 2022, as agreed during the high-level talks between the President of Kazakhstan H.E. Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and the Pope on April 11, 2022.”
The joint statement looked ahead to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Kazakhstan on Oct. 17.
It was signed by Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s equivalent of a foreign minister, and Mukhtar Tileuberdi, Kazakhstan’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, who met with Pope Francis on May 30.
Kazakhstan has been proposed as a potential venue for a meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill. The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia is expected to participate in the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.