The Conference of the Russian Committee of Solidarity and Cooperation with the peoples of Asia and Africa

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More than 250 participants, including prominent politicians, diplomats, orientalists, international journalists, cultural figures, met to discuss such issues as: promotion of the Committee’s activities, strengthening and development of social and political ties with Asian and African countries.

In his greeting addressed to the participants of the Conference, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, highlighted the importance of promoting the activities of the Russian Committee of Solidarity and Cooperation with the Peoples of Asia and Africa. The President expressed his confidence that “the Committee, that has recently received the status of a Russian public organization, will worthily carry on the best traditions of cooperation with African and Asian countries, established six decades ago.”

In turn, in his speech the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov, assured that, on its part, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation was prepared and willing to provide the Committee with the necessary assistance.

Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Federation and President of the RCSCAA, Iliyas Magomed-Salamovich Umakhanov emphasized that the RCSCAA did not replace or duplicate functions of other organisations, including governmental, but rather that the Committee sought to effectively cooperate with and complement them in achieving common goals.

He also identified three important aspects of future activities:

1. The Committee should become an effective platform that integrates scientific and expert potential of experts specializing in Asia and Africa, and provides channels for international information and intellectual exchange.

2. The Russian regions witness a growing interest in expanding international contacts through non-governmental channels, and the Committee can engage in these activities to share its positive experience in this area.

3. Encouraging the youth to take part in the organization’s activities is another area of importance. The youth section of the Committee is already in operation: it organizes and holds events, plans future activities and seeks new work formats.

Helmi Al-Hadidi, President of the International Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Organization (AAPSO), who has arrived in Moscow specifically to participate in this conference, suggested combining “our efforts and opportunities to develop the platform for further activities and subsequent implementation of all plans.” Addressing the audience, he said that he was glad to be present at the revival of the Committee and that he had been waiting for it to happen for many years.

Alexander Sergeevich Dzasokhov, Head of the Soviet Committee of Solidarity with the countries of Asia and Africa for many years and now Chairman of the RCSCAA Board of Trustees, noted in his speech that the RCSCSA did neither copy nor reconstruct, but carried on the solidary interaction with the socio-political forces of Asia and Africa. “Using all that was good in the past, acquiring political will, understanding that our country needs an organization such as this and the ability not to substitute serious analysis of international events with emotional declarations and shallow propaganda – that is the right way to start a new chapter in the activities of the renewed Russian Committee of Solidarity and Cooperation with the peoples of Asia and Africa.”

The Russian Committee of Solidarity and Cooperation with the Peoples of Asia and Africa resumes its active work. The Committee’s Board believes that this work can strengthen historically friendly relations between Russia and Asian and African countries.