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Russian FM: Moscow keen to expand cooperation, ties with Tehran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, Sept 12, IRNA
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow is keen to expand cooperation and relations with Tehran.

Lavrov further told visiting Iranian Vice-President and Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh that cooperation between Tehran and Moscow are growing as is evident in the growing trend of mutual economic transactions.

The meeting continued behind closed doors in the absence of any reporter.

Aqazadeh held another meeting with the head of the Russian Atomic Energy Agency and Russian head of Tehran-Moscow Joint Economic Cooperation Commission Alexander Rumyantsev shortly after his arrival.

Aqazadeh and Rumyantsev held talks on mutual energy and economic cooperation including peaceful use of nuclear technology.

Aqazadeh stressed the need for completion of Bushehr atomic power plant on schedule, shipment of fuel to the power plant according to an agreement reached by the two sides and expansion of peaceful nuclear cooperation.

Stressing Tehran's resolve to continue cooperation with Russia as an important and strategic country at the international level as well as major trade partner of Iran, Aqazadeh said the new government in Iran attaches special importance to cooperation and relations with Russia.

Rumyantsev for his part called for cooperation with Tehran as Moscow's strategic ally and said Russia attaches high importance to promotion of relations with Iran in the field of energy, particularly in the nuclear energy sector.

He said that despite the ongoing technical problems, Bushehr atomic power plant will come on stream on schedule and its necessary fuel will be sent after completion of necessary technical and bureaucratic procedures.

He also called for implementation of the agreements reached in the fifth session of Tehran-Moscow Economic Cooperation Commission.

He also proposed holding the sixth meeting of the joint commission in Tehran as planned.

Aqazadeh arrived in Moscow early Monday morning.


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