Kazakh parliament speaker warns of religious extremism


NUR-SULTAN -- Kazakh parliament speaker Dariga Nazarbayeva warned of the threat posted by mistrust among faiths, Kazinform reported Wednesday (September 18).

Nazarbayeva made her remarks at the 18th meeting of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Nur-Sultan. She chairs the secretariat.

"There are no faiths whose temples and flocks in these [recent] years have not been attacked by fanatics and extremists," she said.

Such acts of violence have failed to fracture society, she said, adding that instead they have united humanity.

"Call on the parties to military conflicts to end the fighting, declare ceasefires and work out agreements to end violence, protect civilians and resolve all disagreements by peaceful means," she urged the audience, citing the declaration from the 2015 Congress.

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