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Mufti of Chechnya: Saudi King’s visit opens new horizons for Russia’s Muslims

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Chechnya’s grand mufti and head of the religious administration of Chechen Muslims has described the visit of Saudi King Salman al-Saud to Russia as both historic and important.

Sheikh Salah Megiev has pointed out that it has drawn great attention from all political leaders in Russia.

"I was honored with the meeting of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques with the Islamic leaders of Russia,” Megiev said.

“We, as Muslims of Russia, are proud of this visit and we look forward to opening a new horizon for the Muslims of Russia in cooperation with the Kingdom and the entire Islamic world," he added.

The Mufti of Chechnya also thanked the King for his great interest in Russia’s Muslims and the joint Islamic work being done. He said that the visit comes within the framework of strengthening bilateral relationships between the two countries, noting that the signing of a number of agreements will strengthen relations between the two countries.

He also praised Saudi Arabia’s efforts under the leadership of King Salman in “fighting terrorism and drying its sources through a solid policy that has been and continues to be appreciated by all politicians around the world”.

He pointed out that these visits between the two countries will deepen the relationship between the religious institutions in Saudi Arabia and Russia for “a successful cooperation in spreading the tolerance and moderation of Islam, benefiting from the accumulated experience to promote the moderate religious discourse, which recognizes the principle of moderation and establishes the real concepts of Islam and fights extremism”.

“We hope to benefit from the Saudi’s experience in fighting terrorism through mutual visits to The Interior Ministry’s Counseling and anti-extremism centers, which show the efforts of Saudi Arabia in fighting terrorism, proves to some countries that tried to distort the image of Saudi Arabia that it supports terrorism, explaining that the it was the first country suffered and damaged by terrorism and fought it globally, and we in Chechnya join our efforts with Saudi Arabia against terrorism,” Megiev said.