2012-12-03 11:04:00

Lavrov, Council of Muftis of Russia chairman discuss compatriots in Islamic countries

Moscow, December 3, Interfax - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia Ravil Gainutdin met on Friday to discuss the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, the Russian Foreign Ministry website reports.

"They highlighted various aspects of interaction between the Russian Foreign Ministry and Islamic organizations, in particular, in the context of relations with compatriots in Islamic countries. They also noted the need for pooling efforts of the state and religious organizations for bolstering a broad inter-civilization dialogue in Russia and globally," the report said.

"The sides confirmed their mutual interest in further interaction with regard to international affairs," the ministry reported.