“In the light of the will of the leaders and high-ranking officials of Iran and Russia, cooperation between the two countries in pursuit of common interests has gone beyond the borders of bilateral relations and entered the areas of regional and international security assistance and is stronger than ever,” the ministry said in a statement on Friday.
The statement came on the 20th anniversary of the conclusion of the “treaty on the basis for mutual relations and the principles of cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation”, Press TV wrote.
It pointed out that the 20th anniversary of the treaty coincided with a recent correspondence between Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The statement also noted that Iran sees Russia as a “powerful, friendly neighbor”.
“Iran and Russia are unanimous against unilateral and inhumane sanctions, Western interference in the affairs of other countries, preventing third parties from playing a role in their relations and the necessity of respecting the international law,” the Foreign Ministry added.
Iran and Russia signed the treaty in Moscow on March 12, 2001.
According to the treaty, the two countries agree to “build relations with each other on the basis of sovereign equality, cooperation, mutual trust, respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, and noninterference in each other’s internal affairs”.
Iran’s Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali said on Friday the 20-year-old treaty will be extended for five more years automatically, as agreed by the two sides.
Jalali told IRNA that the Russian and Iranian foreign ministers have agreed upon preparing a draft by Tehran for an inclusive cooperation program that would be finalized by the parliaments of the two countries.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also issued a statement on the anniversary, describing the treaty as a “historic milestone” in relations between Iran and Russia.
The statement said Russia and Iran agreed to build relations on the principles of sovereign equality, mutual trust, respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, and noninterference in each other’s internal affairs.
“The traditions of friendship and good neighborliness between Russia and Iran are strengthening every year for the benefit of the citizens of the two states, as well as stability and security in the region and beyond,” it said.
The Russian ministry added that the two sides approached the anniversary of the treaty with a “solid portfolio of achievements” in all spheres, expressing hope for further deepening and expanding multifaceted ties between the two countries.