: RFE/RL: Lukashenko vows to strengthen ties with Islamic Nations

16:25 Apr. 15, 2016

RFE/RL: Lukashenko vows to strengthen ties with Islamic Nations

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenko during a meeting with Chairman of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, 29 Mar.,2014 (UNIAN Photo)

 "Islamic world can become one of the pillars of stability and security" - Belarusian leader

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says his country wants "to strengthen and widen" its ties with the Islamic world.

Speaking at a summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Istanbul on April 14, Lukashenko said that "it is absolutely obvious that creation of a truly multipolar world is impossible without Muslims." 

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"Along with the world's other key geopolitical players, the Islamic world can become one of the pillars of stability and security," Lukashenko said.

Lukashenko called on Islamic nations to unify and "overcome internal differences."

He attended the OIC summit on April 13-14 in Istanbul, even though Belarus is not among 56 member states of the organization.

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