The message reads, in part:
“The Russian Federation attaches great importance to the development of friendly bilateral relations with Muslim countries as well as our ties in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. We have very similar views on many global and regional issues. We stand together for a fair and democratic world order based on the rule of law and free from any form of discrimination, diktat or economic and information pressure.
Russia and Islamic countries have developed constructive trade, economic, research, technological and cultural cooperation, as well as partner relations in the settlement of local conflicts and crises.
This meeting of the Strategic Vision Group will address a very important issue: countering terrorist and extremist ideology, including through work with young people and the coordination of our efforts in education. I am confident that you will be able to exchange constructive practical experience and map out promising forms and fields of collaboration.”
A meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group is underway on November 12 in Kaspiysk, Daghestan. It is being attended by government officials, public figures and religious leaders from Russia and 33 other countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Jordan.
The Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group was established in 2006. It is currently chaired by Rustam Minnikhanov, head of the Republic of Tatarstan.