Developing Ties with Russia High on Iran’s Agenda: Envoy
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei underlined that developing close relations with Moscow remains a foreign policy priority for Tehran.
"Our relationship is presently developing in all areas, and the current period can be characterized as one of the most important and effective,” Sanaei was quoted by Sputnik as saying on Wednesday.
“And the result will be seen for many years," he added during a round-table discussion at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies.
The lifting of sanctions against Iran has given new impetus to Iranian-Russian relations and "will become a new basis for their development," he stressed.
"As the Iranian president said last night in an interview, Russia remains and will retain its priority in the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is also included in the program of the current government," Sanaei noted.
Earlier, in a Tuesday meeting in Moscow with Ali Akbar Velayati, an international adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said Russia backs development of bilateral and multilateral strategic relations with Iran and the country’s membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Velayati, for his part, underlined that Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and the Iranian government attach importance to the bilateral relations with Russia, which are growing day by day.