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Iran, Russia, Turkey FMs to meet within weeks

TEHRAN, Dec. 16 (MNA) – Iran’s Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanaei said Iranian, Russian and Turkish foreign ministers are slated to come together late December.

Iranian ambassador Sanaei made the remarks at the third annual conference of Moscow universities’ noted Persian-language professors and Iranologists.

He pointed to the expansion of relations between Iran and Russia, evaluating the new ties as strategic and with high quality.

The official maintained that bilateral relations between the two sides had reached an unprecedented level in the history of Iran and Russia.

Sanaei underlined that Tehran-Moscow ties were not limited to political and security issues and pertained to economic, scientific, academic and tourist arenas as well; “although at an unsatisfactory level due to sanctions, the volume of turnover between the two countries has risen by 80 per cent in the past year.”

The official reiterated that the number of scheduled flights performed between Iran and Russia has become fivefold in recent two years and the volume of tourist exchange has grown by 100 per cent in the same time span.

“Despite interference of Western countries in the region which has led to insecurity and numerous problems in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya among the others, Iran and Russia have opted for correct viewpoints in line with resolving issues,” underscored Iran’s ambassador to Russia expressing hope that other regional powers will also follow the right path.

He further emphasized the importance of Iranology in reinvigoration of relations between the two countries since it provides relevant fruitful ideas.

Mehdi Sanaei voiced support for Iranologists’ fundamental ideas and initiatives as regards development of relations between Tehran and Moscow.

He also referred to the need for more Persian-language professors and new generation of Iranologists given that more and more university students from all over Russia are showing inclination towards Persian language.

Sanaei said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been inked to jointly support schemes for bolstering ties between the two sides; “so far more than 100 initiatives have been submitted and the figure will hopefully soar in the future.”

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