Rustam Minnikhanov, Putin's Representative in Muslims Affairs and President of Tatarstan, followed by a high-ranking delegation, today, on Thursday evening (April 20th, 2017) met with the Grand Custodian of Astan Quds Razavi.
Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, mentioned common religion as the most important factor in the intimacy between the Islamic Republic of Iran with nation of Tatarstan and said, “Close relationship of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Tatarstan is not only because of neighborhood of the two countries, but it is rooted in the common religious and Islamic beliefs.”
“No doubt the will of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, and the government and officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is toward further expansion of relations between the two countries; today, the Islamic Iran has close and friendly relations with the Republic of Tatarstan and Russia, and hopefully we will see more robust relations in the future” he stated, stressing that commonalities and deep beliefs shared by the two nations, promise further deepening of friendly relations in the future.
“Astan Quds Razavi in the areas of student admission at the University of Imam Reza (A.S.) and Razavi Islamic Sciences university, offering research opportunity for university professors of Tatarstan, and in the fields of health, pilgrimage, and scientific tourism, can cooperate with Republic of Tatarstan” Board member of the Assembly of Experts remarked.
Pointing out that Astan Quds Razavi has provided one of the largest and richest manuscript sources in its Central Library, he said, “It is possible that valuable and chosen books of Astan Quds Razavi Central Library to be translated to Russian and Tatar languages, so that Tatar people can readily benefit from these resources.”
Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin Raeisi, mentioned Astan Quds Razavi as haven and shelter of Muslims and a place for relieving anxieties, and said, “Holy Court of Imam Reza (A.S.) is annually host to thirty million pilgrims and at the moment of New Year transition, about four million people were present in its heavenly house and courtyards in the vicinity of Imam Reza (A.S.).”
Also at the meeting, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, while appreciating the hospitality of the people and leaders of Iran, emphasized the further expansion of relations with Astan Quds Razavi and noted “The majority of people in the Autonomous Republic of Tatarstan are Muslims, and that is why there are mutual grounds for further expansion of relations with Islamic Iran and Astan Quds Razavi.”
“Eminence, splendor, and fruitfulness of the Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi, represents the position of culture, literature and art for the great nation of Iran and the Republic of Tatarstan claims further expansion of relations between the Library, and its cultural and scientific centers” Rustam Minnikhanov commented, admiring the Library and Central Museum of Astan Quds Razavi.
It should be mentioned, before the meeting, Putin's Representative in Muslims Affairs, along with an accompanying delegation, attended the Razavi Holy Shrine and visited the Library of Astan Quds.