In an interview with Iran’s Nour News published on Tuesday night, Amir-Abdollahian said there is a strong desire on the part of the private and public sectors in Iran and Russia to cement their trade ties, despite the restrictions created by Washington’s unilateral sanctions against Tehran.
“High on the agenda are the development of trade cooperation between the two countries, the expansion of long-term cooperation, and the removal of some obstacles, including infrastructural weaknesses, financial and investment resources, as well as efforts to neutralize international sanctions against the two countries,” he said.
The remarks came on the eve of President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi’s visit to Russia.
Amir-Abdollahian explained that there are a variety of issues over Tehran-Moscow relations that need to be addressed, Press TV wrote.
“We regard Putin’s Russia as different from the Soviet Union,” he said, noting that the two countries’ strategic view of foreign relations is a foundation to build on.
“Syria has been a successful model of regional cooperation between the two countries in recent years,” he added.
The foreign minister further noted that Iran’s principled stance is that regional security must be provided only by the region’s countries.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized its principled policy of strengthening good neighborliness, building trust, and holding dialogue with its neighbors and deems lasting security possible only through cooperation, partnership and peace,” he said.
Iran prioritizes neighbors, Asia
Amir-Abdollahian described the Raeisi administration’s foreign policy as balanced, dynamic, and smart.
He named the administration’s three top priorities as “a neighbor-centered policy, an Asia-centered policy with a focus on the East, and an economy-centered diplomacy.”
“Raeisi’s visit to Russia is a turning point in the policy of good neighborliness and looking to the East,” he added.
According to the chief Iranian diplomat, Tehran has succeeded in resolving issues with neighboring countries such as Turkmenistan and Iraq and is making diplomatic overtures to the Persian Gulf countries – Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE, and also Saudi Arabia.
“Finally, I shall point out that initiatives, endeavors, actions, and policies in the field of foreign policy are a process and bear fruit when given enough time. Therefore, the results of these political actions will emerge in the medium and long terms,” he added.