On the 26th and 27th of May 2016, the city of Karzan, located in the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation, held the seventh annual meeting for the Group of Strategic Vision "Russia-Islamic World." With the participation of experts and former government officials from about 30 Islamic countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Morocco, Libya and Jordan. On the behalf of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dr. Ezzat Saad the executive director of the council participated in the meeting.
On the 27th of May, the meeting was commenced by a welcoming speech given by Ambassador Mikhail Bogdanov, deputy minister of Russian foreign affairs for the Middle East and Africa, on behalf of President Vladimir Putin. Ambassador Bogdanov emphasized in his speech the following points:
•With the support of Russia, the terrorists in Syria suffered from a powerful hit. However, the supporters of those terrorists seek to destabilize the situation in the region and do its utmost to undermine the international efforts to resolve this conflict.
•These terrorist powers seek to exploit the differences and tensions between the ethnic and sectarian groups and the project discontent about the Islamic people about foreign interference in its internal affairs and the imposition of foreign models for development.
•Russia will always be a loyal friend and a dependable ally for the Islamic World. It will always be ready to provide support for confronting the international challenges and threats.
Rustam Minnikhanov, president of Tatarstan and the president of the meeting this year delivered a welcoming note. In his speech, he highlighted the ethnic and cultural diversity present in the Russian society. He also noted that there are about 20 million Muslims in Russia.
Ambassador Dr. Ezzat Saad referred in his speech to the following points:
•The present circumstances in the world and specifically in the Middle East impose on us the need to counter the phenomena of terrorism. He explained the different possible incubators or causes of terrorism, including on the international level specifically the America's maladministration of international peace and security after the end of the Cold War.
•It is wrong to adopt the Western vision which explains that the reason behind the rise of terrorism is due to Islamic culture of the Arab people. Noting that the Brussels attack and Paris Attacks were carried out by European-born assailants.
•Any progress on combating terrorism needs loyal international cooperation with good intentions; this is due to the fact that terrorism became a tool in the hands of some countries in order to achieve political goals.