Farit Mukhametshin, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, Deputy Chairman of the Group's of Strategic Vision "Russia-Islamic World", has sent a telegram of congratulations to Mintimer Shaimiev, the first President of Tatarstan, now State Councilor of the Republic of Tatarstan, on the occasion of his 85th birthday. The message reads:
"Many years of your selfless work for the benefit of your native Tatarstan laid the foundations for the successful development of the republic.
You were also behind the creation of the GSV "Russia - Islamic World," which today, as an international non-governmental organization of public diplomacy, has a wealth of experience in promoting constructive cooperation between Russia and the Islamic world.
We are proud of your contribution to the all-round strengthening of Tatarstan's and Russia's authority both among Muslim countries and the entire international community.
Let me wish you new successes in your multifaceted activity, good health, happiness and well-being to you and your relatives!"
GSV "Russia - Islamic World"