Valentina Matviyenko: We are interested in expanding interparliamentary cooperation with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

The Federation Council Speaker had a meeting with the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko had a meeting with the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Yousef Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen.

“The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation plays an important role in the Islamic world and in the entire system of international relations,” Valentina Matviyenko said.

She noted that multi-ethnic Russia took a positive view of the 14-year-long cooperation with the OIC.

We are interested in expanding inter-parliamentary cooperation with the OIC, the Federation Council Speaker emphasised.

Valentina Matviyenko recalled that there were plans to hold the World Conference on Inter-Faith and Inter-Civilisational Dialogue in Russia in May 2022. In this connection, the Federation Council Speaker invited representatives of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to take part in preparations for this forum.

Yousef Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen noted that the OIC served as a bridge between Russia and the Islamic world, and that mutual strategic relations had acquired new dynamics in the past few years.

The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation invited the Federation Council Speaker to visit the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah.

During their conversation, the sides exchanged opinions on the current state of relations between Russia and the Islamic world and touched upon inter-faith and inter-denominational subjects and matters of jointly combatting terrorism and extremism.

Deputy Federation Council Speaker Ilyas Umakhanov, Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev and Belan Khamchiyev, member of the Federation Council Committee on Agriculture and Food Policy and Environmental Management and a member of the Federation Council group for cooperation with parliaments of Asian and African states, took part in the conversation.