The message reads, in part:
“I believe that your forum is a major event with a great social impact that brings together participants from various regions of Russia and a number of other countries. The diversity of religions, cultures and traditions is rightly regarded as one of the main riches of our multi-ethnic Fatherland. It is a priority for the state to preserve the identity and unique character of every ethnic group, and strengthen peace, and inter-ethnic and inter-religious cohesion in the country. It is essential that major public initiatives, such as the World Congress of Tatars, contribute to the success of these large-scale and highly relevant efforts. This year the Congress celebrates its 25th anniversary. The efforts of the World Congress of Tatars to promote the Tatar language and culture, and implement important educational projects and awareness campaigns, including in the area of international cooperation, deserve our outmost respect.
I strongly believe that the session will be held in a creative and constructive atmosphere, helping promote business ties and people-to-people contacts.”