OIC chief, president of Tatarstan discuss ways to boost ties

Jeddah (IINA) - Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen received President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov at the General Secretariat in Jeddah recently.

The president was accompanied by the Russian Permanent Observer to the OIC and his delegation members. During the meeting, Minnikhanov expressed his appreciation to the secretary general for the support being provided to Tatarstan as well as for the important role of the OIC in fostering a robust engagement between Tatarstan and the Muslim world.

Minnikhanov also referred to the invitations sent to two conferences in May; the 9th International Economic Summit in Kazan and the Strategic Vision Group Conference 'Russian and Islamic World' in Grozny. While personally inviting the secretary general, he also emphasized the importance of active participation of the OIC member states in the two conferences, which he indicated would provide an opportunity for a better cooperation in many areas with the member states.

For his part, Secretary General Othaimeen confirmed the interest of the OIC and assured the president that member states would be highly encouraged to be present at the conferences. Furthermore, the OIC chief commended the leadership of the Russian Federation and Tatarstan for ensuring that the people of different faiths and beliefs live with one another in harmony in the country, which is also an important Observer member state of the OIC.

The secretary general and the president also discussed the scourge of terrorism and reaffirmed their commitments to fight it in all its forms and manifestations.

Source: International Islamic News Agency (IINA)