Permanent Representative Tamila Tasheva and her Deputy Denys Chystikov met at the Mission with Mufti of the Religious Administration of Muslims of Ukraine “Ummah” Murat Suleymanov, Chairman of the Board of the RAMU “Ummah” Dilyaver Saidakhmetov and President of the Congress of Muslims of Ukraine Seyran Arifov.
The distinguished guests visited the Mission on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began at sunset on March 22.
Ms. Tasheva spoke about the results of her business trip to Southeast Asia, where she visited Malaysia and Indonesia as a member of the Ukrainian delegation. In particular, the Permanent Representative shared information about visits to religious organizations in this region, where the population also professes Islam, as does the largest Muslim community in Ukraine – the Crimean Tatars. This factor became a bridge to building communication with our partners from the Global South.
“Ukrainian Crimea has become a discovery for our Asian colleagues in terms of the fact that the peninsula is home to three indigenous peoples of Ukraine. In particular, harassment and repression of Crimean Tatars because of their religion, destruction and theft of the cultural heritage of the Kyrymla became sensitive topics,” said Ms. Tasheva.
Sheikh Murat Suleymanov said that this is an important step on the part of the Ukrainian state, and he is ready to provide all possible support in this direction and to cooperate to strengthen the influence in Muslim countries.
The Mission is grateful for such an important and warm meeting!