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Chinese and Russian religious leaders meet in Bishkek
During the 3rd International Academic and Theological Conference "The Spiritual Silk Road. Great Humanistic Traditions and Current Challenges", the religious leader of Russian Muslims, Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin, met the high-ranking Chinese delegation led by the Chairman of the Islamic Association of China (IAC), Hasan Fa Min, and deputy director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) of China, Chen Zongrong.

The meeting was also attended by Rushan Abbyasov, First Deputy Chairman of Russia Muftis Council and the Religious Board of Muslims of the Russian Federation, heads of departments and employees of IAC, SARA and RMC.

At the beginning of the meeting, Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin thanked the Chinese authorities for supporting the Russian initiative aimed at creating an interactive platform that would bring together the religious leaders of Russia, China and Central Asia.
Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin also thanked them for participating in the conference, noting the rich content of the delegation members' reports.

The parties confirmed their commitment to true Islam based on the principles of mutual respect and tolerance, rejecting any forms of violence and admitted the need for cooperation in the area of education for the Muslim communities of their countries.

"Today China demonstrates rapid development in economy, politics, industry. The religious aspect is also not overlooked by the Chinese authorities. We are happy that Chinese and Russian Muslims are developing cooperation and carrying out a number of joint projects, which is a logical outcome of the fraternal relations uniting the leaders of our countries. The friendship of our leaders allows the international community to be confident about harmony and stability in the world, " said Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin.

The chairman of the IAC Hassan Fa Min expressed great satisfaction with the level of organization of the conference and thanked Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin for his contribution to the arrangements.

Chen Zongrong confirmed that the SARA would promote cooperation between the IAC and the RMC.

"In particular, we will be happy to host the photo exhibition" Traditions of Islam in Russia” organized by the Russia Muftis Council after it is over in Brunei Darussalam," he said.

The parties also highly appreciated the recent visit of the Beijing branch of the Islamic Association of China to Russia and expressed hope for further of contacts and mutual visits.

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