3 July 201911:09

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Yousef Al-Othaimeen, Moscow, July 3, 2019

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Mr Secretary-General,

Colleagues,

We are delighted to welcome you to Moscow and very much appreciate this opportunity to continue the discussion of important aspects of the dialogue between Russia and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Our relations have been expanding dynamically since Russia was granted observer status at your organisation in 2005. We highly value our regular dialogue on current international issues, including and above all crisis management issues that are still relevant in the Islamic world.

We consider it very important to coordinate our positions on the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, the crises in Syria, Libya, Yemen and other parts of the region, on the basis of the relevant decisions by the UN Security Council.

Our efforts are certainly always relevant in fighting international terrorism, which is a highly important cooperation track where we also have a good dialogue experience.

In conclusion, I would like to note that the OIC will turn fifty this year. The anniversary will be celebrated on September 25, including in the Russian Federation, where a number of events are scheduled. We will be glad to see you and your colleagues attending.

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