The message reads, in part:
“Over the recent years, global political and economic activity has been focusing more on the East. In this environment, the role of the Russian school of oriental studies in providing expert support for foreign policy decisions and promoting Russia’s strategic interests as well as positions in the world is becoming significantly more important.
This congress has brought together in Moscow a representative composition of major scholars, experts and political leaders from various countries – the true elite of scientific and social thought. In the course of open, constructive discussions and round tables, you will be taking on the most relevant matters concerning modern oriental studies and outlining the prospects for further joint work. Today, of course, you also have a great opportunity to congratulate your colleagues on the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Oriental Studies.
This unique, world-renowned research centre is rightly known for its rich history and a stellar assembly of research scientists who established the traditions of a dedicated service to the chosen cause.
It is encouraging to see the current staff deeply respecting the creative and spiritual legacy of their predecessors, and striving to maintain the highest possible professional standards that they set. Your fundamental research, as well as, fruitful expert and advisory work, have great scientific importance.
I would like to point out the significant contribution this institute has made in the field of training highly skilled professionals and the development of international humanitarian cooperation.”