Astana mulls issue of protecting rights of Muslims in West
Kazakhstan, Astana, Feb. 14 / Trend A.Maratov /
Kazakh Secretary of State Kanat Saudabayev and U.S. President's Special Envoy to the OIC Rashad Hussain have discussed the issue of protecting the rights of Muslims in the Western countries.
"We talked about the importance of protecting the rights of all believers throughout the world, including the rights of Muslims in Western countries, as well as believers of other religions in the Islamic countries," Hussein, who is on a working visit in Kazakhstan, told journalists.
Hussain said Kazakhstan has an opportunity to become a bridge between East and West, especially given its experience as chairman of the OSCE, which includes mostly European countries.
"Now, Kazakhstan will chair the OIC, the Organization bringing together the Islamic countries," he stressed.
Kazakhstan's priorities in the OIC were also discussed at the meeting.
Kazakhstanchairs the OIC since early 2011. The OIC is the largest Muslim international intergovernmental organization consisting of 57 Muslim states. It was established in 1969 at the initiative of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudabayev-Hussain meeting also mulled the issue of protecting religious freedom and the problems of interaction of the two countries in Afghanistan.