Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings to the organisers and participants of the fifth meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group
On November 29, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who is taking part in the fifth meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group underway in Ufa, read out a message of greetings from Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the organisers and participants of the forum.
“I welcome the organisers and participants of the fifth meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group, which on this occasion is taking place in Ufa.
Russia appreciates its fruitful cooperation with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which has marked its 50th anniversary this year, in the interests of finding effective solutions to current problems.
Your traditional meetings, which make a positive contribution to our collective efforts, invariably have a packed agenda and are attended by prominent government officials as well as religious and public leaders.
The theme of this year’s meeting can hardly be overestimated. With the continued volatility in international affairs, the strengthening of inter-religious accord is of vital importance in order to maintain global and regional stability. Russia, where different religious groups have lived in peace and harmony with each other for centuries, is ready to share this positive experience with its foreign partners.
I am confident that you will have constructive discussions, which will help you to implement joint projects in the name of stronger trust and mutual understanding among nations. Besides, the forum’s participants will be able to learn more about Bashkortostan, a rapidly developing Russian region with an identity of its own.
I wish you every success and all the best.”
City of Moscow, November 29, 2019