The Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Andrey Belyaninov took part in the meeting of the Strategic Vision Group "Russia - Islamic World", held today, on May 20, in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan, Russia).
The Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group was established in 2006 under the leadership of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Primakov and the first President of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiev, after the Russian Federation joined the Organization of Islamic Cooperation as an observer. In 2014, Vladimir Putin decided to resume the activities of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group, assigning the duties of its chairman to the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, and Yevgeny Primakov remained honorary chairman until his death. The Group includes 33 well-known statesmen and public figures from 27 Muslim States, including current and former prime ministers, former foreign ministers, a number of leading theologians of the Islamic East from Indonesia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, and many others.
At the meetings of the Group, in an atmosphere of trust and frankness, the most acute burning problems of international relations, the situation in the Middle East and, of course, the complex of relations between Russia and the States of the Islamic East are discussed.
The meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group is held annually.
This year the meeting was held in Tatarstan, its theme is "Russian experience of preserving ethno-cultural diversity, inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony - a guarantee of strengthening the common civic identity." The meeting was chaired by the Chairman of the Group, President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. Among the participants are statesmen and public figures, leaders of the spiritual institutions of world religions, representatives of cultural and scientific circles, the media community, and intellectuals from three dozen countries of the world.