Putin Says Large Delegation Russian Companies to Visit Iran Next Week
- September, 16, 2022 - 14:01
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, announced that a delegation of 80 significant enterprises from his country would visit Iran next week.
Putin said that shortly after the Islamic Republic signed documents pertaining to its full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Thursday.
Putin made the remark during a meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the SCO conference in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Thursday, according to Russia's state-owned news agency RIA Novosti.
Moscow expressed that it is "extremely thrilled" that Iran wanted to join the Eurasian political, economic, and security union, which includes China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and four ex-Soviet Central Asian countries.
"As we agreed with you, we have done everything for Iran to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Our partners in this organization have supported your application; all that is left is one last formality. It is indeed a formality, and Iran is joining this already serious, large and authoritative international organization," Putin said. "And we are very happy about this.”
The Russian president stressed that Moscow’s and Tehran’s stances are close or coincide on many international issues, saying, “Inter-regional ties are developing. We actively cooperate on the international arena and on many [points] our positions are close, or, as diplomats say, coincide.”
Putin also pointed to the warm welcome by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei during his visit to Tehran in July, saying, "Thanks to his support, many projects are moving forward. We are interested in his further support."
The Iranian president, for his part, said the Islamic Republic is "seriously determined to develop bilateral strategic relations" with Russia in the fields of politics, economy, trade, and aerospace, adding that the cooperation among countries sanctioned by the United States would make them "stronger.”
"The relationship between countries that are sanctioned by the US, such as Iran, Russia or other countries, can overcome many problems and issues and make them stronger," Raisi told Putin in the meeting.
"The Americans think whichever country they impose sanctions on, it will be stopped, their perception is a wrong one."
Raisi also underlined that Tehran’s membership in the SCO and its relationship with member states "can greatly help on the path of economic development for Iran and the development of the region."