Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Putin Meets Leaders Of Muslim Organisations

from Government of Russia via Scoop (New Zealand)

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Thanks to the state and your direct involvement, we just recently established a Fund to support Islamic culture, science and education. We have drawn on different channels to put 60 million in this Fund ... I would like to say that we are not only referring to administrative and financial support but political support in the fullest sense of the word, because during all our contacts with our colleagues from Saudi Arabia, with the leadership of Saudi Arabia, and other States where there are Muslim holy places, we have always raised the issue of the need to expand these quotas. And as we see, as a result of these very good intergovernmental relations, these problems are being solved.

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