Iran-Russia ties to develop regardless of intl. developments

TEHRAN, Mar. 15 (MNA) – The relations between Iran and Russia will develop regardless of international developments, said Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in his meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized good relations with Russia as a friend and neighbor," said Amir-Abdollahian who arrived in Moscow on Tuesday at the head of a diplomatic delegation, in his meeting with Lavrov.  

Referring to the deepening of cooperation between the two countries in various fields, the Iranian Foreign Minister added, "Relations between Iran and Russia will develop regardless of international developments."

"During Mr. Raeisi's recent visit and meeting with Mr. Putin, important agreements were reached between the two countries," he noted. 

Amir-Abdollahian also appreciated the Russian negotiating team in Vienna talks for their constructive efforts to help come closer to an agreement to lift sanctions on Iran.

"Today is an important opportunity to discuss and consult on developments in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Palestine and other international issues," he added. 

Lavrov, for his part, pointed to the strong relations between the two countries, saying, "Relations between Tehran and Moscow are expanding in all fields, and a comprehensive document on long-term cooperation between the two countries is currently being reviewed and finalized."

"Both countries have common views on many international issues," he added, referring to the significant increase in the volume of economic relations between Iran and Russia.

"We will discuss with you further coordination of the Syrian settlement within the framework of the Astana format, as well as other crisis points in the Middle East and North Africa, and, of course, we will also talk about the Afghan settlement, which requires full attention," he said, "I want to note that we appreciate our trust-based dialogue and your objective position on what is happening in Ukraine."

The Russian foreign minister added that interaction on international affairs has always occupied a significant place in the relations between Moscow and Tehran.

Lavrov pointed out that despite all known factors, the trade turnover between Russia and Iran is growing "at a record pace, exceeding $4 billion." "I'm sure the prospects are even more impressive, given that the agreement to resume the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to resolve the situation around the Iranian nuclear program has reached the finish line," the minister said.

Russian Foreign Minister also pointed to the regular high-level consultations between the two countries, adding, "In today's talks, we will discuss in detail the Vienna talks, the developments in Ukraine, the issue of Syria and Yemen."

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