The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, stressed the importance of consolidating the relationship between the organization and Russia during a meeting on Wednesday in Moscow.
Following the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Al-Othaimeen said: “We agreed on all issues related to both sides, and I can say that there is a joint desire to promote bilateral cooperation.”
Al-Othaimeen praised Saudi Arabia for supporting the organization and the issues of the Islamic world, noting that the Moscow discussions addressed issues of common interest. He said that the two sides were ready to promote and deepen these relations.
Fighting terrorism was an international responsibility and Islam was innocent of the extremism it was being accused of, Al-Othaimeen said. Terrorism and chaos were threatening stability and peace in many Islamic countries, he added.
Lavrov said: “Al-Othaimeen is welcome in Russia. Our discussions focused on issues of common interest, especially that Russia is keen to expand these relations.”
Al-Othaimeen and Lavrov discussed topics such as supporting the Palestinian cause, fighting terrorism, extremism and the spread of Islamophobia, and finding peaceful solutions for conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.