Envoy Highlights Iran, Russia’s ‘Special Attention’ to Promotion of Ties
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei underlined that the two countries’ leaders attach great importance to expanding the bilateral ties.
Speaking ahead of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Moscow, Sanaei said Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, President Rouhani and also Russian leaders “pay special attention to the ties between Tehran and Moscow and the need for boosting the relations.”
He added that the two countries’ collaborations have developed beyond bilateral and even regional dimensions, a symbol of which is counterterrorism cooperation, particularly in Syria.
Sanaei referred to the eight meetings Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin have already held and said the Iranian president’s upcoming trip to Moscow will help further develop the two sides’ relations.
Heading a large political and economic delegation, Rouhani will leave Tehran for Moscow on Monday at the official invitation of Putin, the deputy head for communications and information at the Iranian president’s office, Parviz Esmaeili, told the Tasnim News Agency earlier this week.
In his trip, President Rouhani will meet with his Russian counterpart and other officials of the country and exchange views on various bilateral, regional and international issues, Esmaeili noted.
He added that several cooperation agreements and documents in diverse areas, including legal services, roads and urban development, technology and communications, energy and power, and sports are planned to be signed between the two countries.
Russia and Iran hold regular and close consultation on the region, Syria in particular, toward coordinating their efforts in helping restore security to Western Asia and the Arab country.
Russia, a Syria ally, has been providing military assistance to Damascus in its battle against foreign-backed terrorism.
Iran, also an ally of Damascus, has been lending advisory support to the Syrian counterterrorism push.