On February 19 Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov met with ambassadors of Arabic countries at the residence of Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Russia in Moscow. 11 ambassadors and charges d'affaires of Arabic countries in Russia, Vice-Premier – Minister of Industry and Trade Ravil Zaripov, Chief Executive of Tatarstan Investment Development Agency Linar Yakupov, Tatneft Director General Nail Maganov, rector of Kazan federal university Ilshat Gafurov, Aide to Tatarstan President on international affairs Radik Gimatdinov took part in the meeting.
Opening the meeting, ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Russia Hassan Jaafar said that people in Arabic countries heard a lot about the Republic of Tatarstan.
Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov thanked Hassan Jaafar and other ambassadors for the meeting: “Thank you for the meeting. We have always tried to be closer to Arabic world. Tatarstan plays an important role in relationships between Russia and Arabic countries. Cultural and religious proximity make an impact on our relations. Today we would like to tell about our plans and opportunities.” Rustam Minnikhanov invited ambassadors to come to Kazan in March to take part in the summit Invest in Tatarstan, and to Kazansummit in June.
Chief Executive of Tatarstan Investment Development Agency Linar Yakupov presented economic and investment potential of Tatarstan, and invited ambassadors to Kazansummit noting that one of the main issues discussed will be agricultural production for Arabic countries.
Minister of industry and trade of RT Ravil Zaripov told about the engineering and other production manufactured in Tatarstan, KFU rector reported about KFU opportunities.
In the end of meeting Rustam Minnikhanov and ambassadors discussed cooperation issues.