Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings to the organisers and participants of the 6th meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group
I would like to greet the organisers and participants of the 6th meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group.
What makes this meeting especially important is that it has convened in the birthplace of Islam. I would like to thank the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for supporting the goals and activities of the Strategic Vision Group, as well as for Riyadh’s efforts to organise this event.
It is notable that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has become the Group’s partner and that interaction with the OIC is promoting rapprochement between the positions of Russia and Muslim states on a broad range of international issues.
Today the participants in this meeting in Jeddah will coordinate a comprehensive assessment of Russia’s relations with the Islamic world and their perspectives, discuss the initiatives aimed at boosting international humanitarian and cultural cooperation, and promote the dialogue of religions and civilisations. We attach great importance to the Group members’ proposals on preventing and settling conflicts and crisis situations in Muslim countries. It is extremely important to prevent religious and ethnic intolerance.
I hope that the discussions on the agenda of your meeting will take place in an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding.
I would like to wish you success and all the best.