The meeting of the Strategic Vision Group “Russia and the Islamic World” was opened today (Wednesday) by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Al-Mukarramah Region, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
The summit is held in Jeddah this year under the theme “Dialogue and Prospects for Cooperation,” with President Rustam Minnikhanov of the Republic of Tatarstan, leader of the Strategic Vision Group, as well as politicians, intellectuals, and thinkers from Russia and the Islamic world in attendance.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal opened the meeting with a speech on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, in which he said: I greet you on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince, and express to you their greetings and heartfelt hopes for the meeting’s success.
The Kingdom emphasizes the importance of this strategic meeting between the Islamic world and the Russian Federation in enhancing regional and international security and stability, enhancing means of dialogue among followers of religions and civilizations, and increasing cooperation in the fight against extremism and terrorism.
The Islamic faith is known for its tolerance and moderation, which has led to widespread acceptance among people of all races and nationalities.
The Kingdom has played an honorable role in promoting the values of moderation and harmony by supporting regional and international initiatives in this area.
Saudi-Russian relations are strong and historic; they are in their 95th year, and they have seen qualitative leaps in recent years, culminating in high-level visits between the two countries, which resulted in the signing of numerous joint agreements in all economic, cultural, and defense fields, and paved the way for future cooperation.
The Kingdom and Russia share several core concepts, including respect for international legitimacy, mutual respect, sovereignty, independence, and state unity, as well as non-interference in internal matters. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Russia are both members of the Group of Twenty and OPEC Plus, allowing them to collaborate within these two groupings to improve international collaboration.
Economic cooperation is the backbone of interdependence between Islamic countries and Russia, and there are favorable opportunities for the countries of the vision group to form solid economic partnerships in a variety of areas, including halal products and Islamic finance, which we must invest in and develop.