President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych welcomed the efforts of leaders of religious and secular communities to promote tolerance and human values, regardless of religion, ethnicity, ForUm learned from the press service of the President.
"I appreciate your efforts, the activities of religious leaders, experts and media community, aimed at promoting tolerance, the values of dialogue between persons irrespective of religion or ethnicity. Through its activities, you are actively contributing to the reduction of social violence and intolerance," he said during a meeting with representatives of the Kyiv interfaith forum.
The President stressed that in the present conditions religion contributes to the consolidation of the peoples of Europe, as well as many other peoples on all continents of the world.
Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, in turn, said that Kyiv has become a place of meaningful dialogue "of all religions." "The Ukrainian people for us are the second Jerusalem," the Patriarch said.
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