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  • Uli Schamiloglu
    RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC ___________________________________________________________ RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 6, No. 143, Part I, 1
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      RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
      ___________________________________________________________
      RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 6, No. 143, Part I, 1 August 2002

      TATAR MUFTI DISCUSSES POSSIBLE U.S. INVASION OF IRAQ... Iraqi
      Ambassador to Russia Abbas Khalaf was in Kazan on 30 July for a
      meeting with President Mintimer Shaimiev on expanding cooperation
      between Iraq and Tatarstan, RFE/RL's Kazan bureau reported on 31
      July. Shaimiev said that the ambassador's visit, which came soon
      after his 1 July appointment, demonstrates Iraq's interest in -- and
      respect for --Tatarstan. Khalaf responded by saying that his goal is
      to raise relations to "a new level." Khalaf also met with Tatarstan
      Muslim Religious Board Chairman Gusman Iskhakov in Kazan, islam.ru
      reported on 31 July. According to the site, various topics were
      discussed, but the first priority was the possible invasion of Iraq
      by Great Britain and the United States. The director of the
      presidential department for external relations, Timur Akulov, sat in
      on Iskhakov's meeting. JAC

      ...AND MULLS RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE WITH BAGHDAD. Khalaf and
      Iskhakov also discussed possible cooperation in the field of
      religious education, islam.ru reported. Khalaf said that Iraq is
      ready to send two teachers to higher Islamic education institutions
      in Kazan and to invite Tatar students to come to Iraq for training at
      Saddam Hussein University. Khalaf also invited Iskhakov to visit Iraq
      to fully acquaint himself with the religious life of the population
      there. JAC



      Uli Schamiloglu
      Professor of Turkic & Central Eurasian Studies
      Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
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