Almazbek Atambayev: "We have to appreciate freedom of religion in Kyrgyzstan"

Bishkek, August 15 / Kabar /. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev received Mufti of the Muslims of Kyrgyzstan Maksat aji Toktomushev, chairman of the Board of experts of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kyrgyzstan Abdyshukur aji Narmatov, Council of experts Chubak aji Jalilov, member, chairman of the Board of the Development Fund of Spiritual Culture "Iyman" Nurzhigit Kadyrbekov, the Kyrgyz President's press office reports.

The participants of the meeting discussed the situation in the religious sphere and measures for coordination of the joint efforts of the state and religious leaders to combat extremism and radicalization.

President Atambayev noted that in recent years any discussion on the religious theme is particularly acute. "These discussions are exacerbated by extremists and radicals. In light of recent trends in the world, we must work together to confront the threat of radicalization, to adhere to the secular nature of our state," the President said.

Participants agreed that, taking advantage of the freedoms some forces  use every opportunity to exacerbate the situation in the religious sphere, intolerant to the views of others.

The Head of State stressed that Islam - the religion of goodness and knowledge, a dynamic, socially-oriented religion. "It is necessary to appreciate the freedom of religion in Kyrgyzstan and together address the shortcomings in the education of spirituality, protection of national cultural values and enlightened Islam," said Almazbek Atambayev.

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