Press release on the reception at the Foreign Ministry for the Muslim New Year
On the occasion of the New Year according to the Muslim calendar, on October 3, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted its annual reception on behalf of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in honour of the heads of diplomatic missions of member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The reception was attended by representatives of Russian federal agencies, as well as political, social and religious figures.
In his welcome address Mr Lavrov explained the principles and objectives of Russia’s policy in relations with Muslim countries, gave an assessment of developments in the Middle East and Africa, and presented Russia’s approaches to resolving regional conflicts. He also noted the successful efforts to promote cooperation between Russia and the OIC in various fields.
Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim, as a representative of the country chairing the OIC, thanked Russia for its efforts to develop relations with OIC member states and the attention their embassies in Moscow receive from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.