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Iranian FM in Moscow to Discuss Bilateral Ties, Regional Developments

August 29, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Moscow on Friday to discuss bilateral ties and regional developments with senior Russian officials.

Zarif is scheduled to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and other senior Russian officials to exchange views on mutual cooperation and regional developments, including Syria, Iraq and Gaza.

The Iranian foreign Minister left Tehran for Ankara on Thursday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Turkish President-Elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In the last several years, Iran and Russia have had vast cooperation in different fields, specially in political and economic spheres.

The two states also enjoy special positions on the international scene and have long had constant and regular consultations on key regional and global issues.

Earlier this month, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh voiced satisfaction in the progressive trend of Tehran-Moscow cooperation in various economic, trade and banking sectors, and hoped that Iran and Russia would witness further expansion of cooperation after the implementation of the recently signed memoranda of understanding (MoU).

"I had good negotiations with the Russian Energy Minister as head of Iran-Russia Joint Cooperation Commission" said Zanganeh after a meeting with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Moscow on August 6.

"The Iranian and Russian presidents have laid emphasis on expansion of economic cooperation between Iran and Russia as an important strategy," the Iranian minister added.

He underscored the significance of a banking MoU between Iran and Russia which, as the minister stressed, was an important document and called for its rapid implementation.

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Source: FARS News Agency

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