Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings to organisers and participants of the fourth meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group
I warmly welcome the organisers and participants of the fourth meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group, which is being held in Makhachkala.
Russia and Islamic countries have a long history of fruitful cooperation based on their loyalty to the fundamental principles of international relations, which are sealed in the UN Charter: respect for the unique identity of the world’s nations and their natural aspiration to freely choose their own socioeconomic development models.
Your meetings, which bring together prominent government officials, public figures and religious leaders from Russia and many Muslim countries, contribute to the strengthening of mutual understanding and inter-civilisational and inter-cultural dialogue. You have achieved a level of confidence that allows you to discuss current matters in a constructive manner.
This time you will focus on urgent issues, such as precluding the spread of extremist ideology among young people. I am confident that this forum will help strengthen collaboration in youth policy and education and result in the launch of joint projects in this sphere. This forum is also an opportunity to learn more about Dagestan, which is home to many ethnic groups.
I hope that your discussions are fruitful and I wish you all the very best.
Moscow, November 12, 2018