0451 GMT August 18, 2022
Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi described the prospect of cooperation with Russia as “bright and constructive”.
Raeisi made the remark in an address to a meeting of the Government’s Economic Coordination Headquarters on Tuesday, commenting on his phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day, IRNA reported.
He also called for holding the meeting of Tehran-Moscow joint cooperation commission to be presided by Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber and doing the follow-ups on the previously signed agreements with Russia.
Also in the meeting, increasing economic and trade interaction and cooperation with major friendly countries, such as Russia, was discussed.
In his Tuesday talks with Putin, Raeisi said Tehran and Moscow enjoy convergence and synergy in many international issues, including fighting unilateralism and strengthening multilateralism.
He stressed the need for cooperation between the two countries on issues of regional significance.
Putin backed Iran’s proposal for drafting an agreement on long-term bilateral cooperation and said Moscow was resolved to finalize and enact such a document at the earliest.
The Russian president said his country attached great significance to the expansion of economic ties with Iran and the finalization of joint investment projects.
No CBI borrowing
On a report presented in the meeting by the country’s Plan and Budget Organization (PBO), Raeisi stressed that securing the national budget without borrowing from the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) is a trend that must continue by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2022).
In remarks at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the president underlined that disappointing the enemy and improving people’s livelihoods are the administration’s important missions.
He noted that the administration’s strategy is serving the people and accomplishing a more important mission of promoting justice.
Raeisi urged everybody to be sensitive about any failure in serving justice.