Moscow, November 29, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has forwarded a message of greetings to the participants in a meeting of the Russia - Islamic World Strategic Vision Group in Ufa, the capital of Russia's internal republic of Bashkortostan.
Among the topics discussed at the event are steps to further broaden the interfaith dialogue and maintain civil peace and social stability amid religious diversity.
"It is symbolic that this meeting has been timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC], with which the Russian Federation actively and successfully cooperates in many fields," Putin said in his message published on the Kremlin website.
What unites the people attending the meeting in Ufa is their "commitment to the principles of a just and democratic world order, their determination to ensure the rule of law in international affairs and strengthen stability and security on all continents," he said.
"It is important that Russia and the members of the organization coordinate their efforts to counter global challenges and threats, settle regional conflicts and tackle different humanitarian problems," Putin said.
OIC is an international organization of Islamic countries founded in 1969. It is one of the largest official inter-governmental and one of the most influential international organizations. Its objectives include promoting cooperation between Muslim states, jointly acting in international affairs, and ensuring its member countries' sustainable development.