News ID: 319552
Published: 0237 GMT January 21, 2022

Iranian, Russian FMs reaffirm determination to bolster all-out ties

Iranian, Russian FMs reaffirm determination to bolster all-out ties
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (3rd L) meets with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov (3rd R) in Moscow on Jan. 20, 2022.

The Iranian and Russian foreign ministers reaffirmed both countries’ determination to bolster relations in all areas following the historic two-day visit by Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi to Moscow.

The remarks by the two foreign ministers were made in a Thursday meeting between Iran’s top diplomat, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow, Press TV reported.

Commenting on the growing relations between Iran and Russia, Amir-Abdollahian and Lavrov described the recent meeting of the two countries' presidents as a sign of seriousness to further boost and deepen bilateral relations.

They also expressed hope that the relevant institutions in both countries would implement the agreements reached by their presidents as soon as possible.

During the meeting, the Russian foreign minister called the Iranian president’s visit to Russia an important development in the relations between the two countries and stressed that the ground has been prepared for increasing Tehran-Moscow interactions more than ever.

Lavrov expressed optimism that the economic projects currently under implementation in Iran with the participation of Russian companies would be completed as quickly as possible.

The foreign ministers of Iran and Russia also discussed the latest regional and international developments as well as the ongoing talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal; while underscoring the need for further expansion of cooperation at bilateral and multilateral levels.

The two diplomats also stressed the need to finalize a roadmap for Iran-Russia relations, which had already been raised during Raeisi’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Touching on the current situation in Afghanistan, they said the political solution to the crisis in the war-ravaged country was formation of an inclusive government with the participation of all ethnic groups.

As for Yemen, a political solution based on a cease-fire, the lifting of the Saudi-imposed blockade of the country, and the promotion of intra-Yemeni talks were emphasized by Iran's foreign minister and his Russian counterpart.

In a televised interview with Iran’s state TV on Wednesday, Amir-Abdollahian said the Iranian and Russian presidents had tasked the two countries’ top diplomats with working out a roadmap for expansion of cooperation over the next two decades.

Amir-Abdollahian had earlier said in an article for the Russian Sputnik news agency that Tehran and Moscow were determined to update the 20-year cooperation treaty they had signed in 2001. The agreement was originally meant to last for 10 years; but has been extended for five years twice.

Raeisi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday on a two-day strategic visit at the head of a high-ranking delegation at Putin’s invitation.

In a meeting with his Russian counterpart, the Iranian president said there was no hindrance in the way of further expanding relations between the Islamic Republic and the Russian Federation.




Resource: Press TV
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