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Religious tolerance – the basis of public diplomacy
17:25 / 2021-11-25

The International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan hosted a scientific and practical workshop “Religious tolerance – the basis of public diplomacy”, organized jointly with the Public Diplomacy Center of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan.

“Uzbekistan is a blessed land located at the crossroads of the Great Silk Road, where different cultures and civilizations meet”, says Muzaffar Kamilov, Rector of the International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan. – People of different nationalities and religions for centuries have lived in our country in harmony, as one family. Hospitality, mutual respect, striving for kindness, tolerance are the qualities inherent in our people. Article 8 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan states that all citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan, regardless of their nationality, shall constitute the people of Uzbekistan.

Director of the SCO Public Diplomacy Center in Uzbekistan Kabuljon Sobirov noted that in recent years the Center has been paying great attention to the religious and educational sphere, gathering representatives of different nations, cultural traditions and religious faiths on one platform. The organization was established in accordance with the resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On measures for the state support for the establishment of the Public Diplomacy Center of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan” of June 26, 2018, and contributes to strengthening mutual trust and good neighborliness.

Participants of the event noted that in recent years, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been paying special attention to religious education, further strengthening friendship and harmony between representatives of different confessions, and establishing the principles of religious tolerance. Representatives of different nationalities and ethnic groups work together for the good of our country, and this is highly appreciated at the international level.

Nazokat Usmanova, UzA