News ID: 319511
Published: 0419 GMT January 18, 2022

Expansion of ties in focus as Raeisi visits Russia

Expansion of ties in focus as Raeisi visits Russia

International Desk

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi will leave Tehran for Moscow Wednesday to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a new push to further boost economic, political and cultural cooperation.

During the two-day visit, which comes at Putin’s invitation, Raeisi will address a plenary session of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, meet with Iranian expats in Russia, and sit down for talks with Russian business and industry players, a statement on the president’s website said.

Oil, foreign and economy ministers will be in his entourage.

A Russian lawmaker told reporters that Raeisi will speak at the State Duma on Thursday, while TASS news agency cited a source as saying he will meet with religious leaders at Moscow’s main mosque.

The Kremlin said the two presidents plan “to discuss the wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, including the implementation of joint projects in the trade and economic sphere, as well as current international and regional topics”.

They will also exchange views on the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran and other remaining parties have been trying to revive by bringing the US back to compliance with the pact.

This will be Raeisi’s third visit outside Iran – after Tajikistan and neighboring Turkmenistan -- since he took over the presidency in August from Hassan Rouhani.

Iran and Russia, which are both under Western sanctions, have in recent years developed close relations in political, security, defense, economic, and the energy fields.

They are currently implementing joint projects in oil, gas, nuclear, and railway sectors.

The two countries are also working to renew the long-term comprehensive cooperation agreement signed 20 years ago.

Moscow and Tehran have strong political, economic and military ties, shared interests in Afghanistan, and are key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's decade-long fight against foreign-backed militancy.



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