Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says his country wants "to strengthen and widen" its ties with the Islamic world.
Speaking at a summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Istanbul on April 14, Lukashenka said that "it is absolutely obvious that creation of a truly multipolar world is impossible without Muslims."
"Along with the world's other key geopolitical players, the Islamic world can become one of the pillars of stability and security," Lukashenka said.
Lukashenka called on Islamic nations to unify and “overcome internal differences."
Lukashenka attended the OIC summit on April 13-14 in Istanbul, even though Belarus is not among 56 member states of the organization.