"The problems in the relationship between the Muslim community and the rest of the world, first of all the West, rank among the most serious ones. The Muslim world has been associated in the West in the past few years mostly with its radical segment, inciting unfounded fear," Nazarbayev said at a session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's Foreign Ministers Council.
"The true meaning of Islam has nothing to do with the activities of the extremist structures, to say nothing of terrorist organizations. We must state unambiguously that Islam has nothing in common with political violence, extremism and terrorism," he said.
Nazarbayev urged the OIC member-countries to form a special website that would highlight the organization's activities, encourage the younger generation to turn to religion and Islamic culture, and popularize Islamic spiritual values.
"We need to establish an open and honest dialogue between the Muslim world and the West," he said.