Putin: Russia seeks to cultivate amicable ties with Islamic countries
Russia places great importance on cooperation with Muslim countries, both at a bilateral level and within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), according to a greetings message by Russian President Vladimir Putin to participants of the 4th meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group in Makhachkala. The message was read out by Tatarstan's President Rustam Minnikhanov.
"Our positions are rather close regarding many urgent issues on the global and regional agenda. We jointly favor the creation of a fair and democratic world order, based on rule of law, and free of any forms of biased strong-arm dictates or economic and information pressure," the Russian leader said in a message.
He noted that Russia and countries of the Islamic World have constructive economic, scientific and technical and humanitarian cooperation, as well as partnership in settling local conflicts and crisis situations.
The current meeting of the group is dedicated to a very serious problem, which is combating terrorism and extremist ideology by working with young people, and coordinating efforts in the areas of education and enlightenment," TASS cited Putin as saying.