Moscow (UNA) – The international conference, “Russia – Islamic World: Practical Steps in Media Cooperation” kicked off today, Thursday, in the Russian capital, Moscow, with wide participation of officials in the Russian Federation, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, representatives of regional and international organizations, and media professionals from various countries of the world.
This international conference was co-organised by the Group of Strategic Vision Russia – Islamic World, Sputnik International News Agency, and the Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA).
It began with a video address by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Tatarstan and Chairman of the Strategic Vision Group Rustam Minnikhanov, followed by a speech by Farit Mukhamychin, Vice President of the Strategic Vision Group.
Also speaking at the conference were Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Grigory Karasin, Director of the Media and Communication Department in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Wajdi Sindi, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Ramazan Abdulatipov, Head of the Press Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Press (MFA of the Russian Federation) Ivan Nechaev, General Director of the RT (ANO “TV-Novosti”) Alexei Nikolov, First Deputy General Director of the TASS News agency Mikhail Gusman, and Director of the International Cooperation of the Media group “Rossiya Segodnya”/ Sputnik Vasily Pushkov .
UNA Acting Director General Mohammed Abd Rabbo Al-Yami, delivered a vedio intervention, in which he appreciated the great role played by the Group of Strategic Vision (Russia – the Islamic World) to enhance long-term cooperation between Russia and Islamic countries.
Al-Yami stressed that this conference seeks to set practical steps for media cooperation between the Islamic world and Russia, and to build bridges of communication between the two sides.
He called on all representatives of countries to benefit from the strengths of the Union as a media body and a neutral international training center, which brings together 57 members from four continents under its umbrella, and has an international news platform in three languages, Arabic, English and French.
“Since its formation, the Union of OIC News Agencies has been working on the principles of moderation, opposing manifestations of Islamophobia. We try to act as intermediaries in interaction with the world’s major agencies and strive for openness, objectivity, and promotion of the just and humanistic principles of Islam,” he noted, in particular.
During the conference the participants will discuss joint programs and projects that have been implemented in the media field, in addition to the most prominent programs and initiatives that will be implemented in the future. The participants will also discuss the most important additional measures that will be debated in this conference for more effective media cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Islamic world.