Jan 19, 2022 15:51 UTC
  • No hindrance in way of improvement of Iran-Russia ties: Pres. Raeisi

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Wednesday in a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow said there is no hindrance lying in the way of improvement of relations between the two nations.

“We have no limitation for expansion and development of ties with Russia and are after establishment of strategic relations with Moscow,” the president said during the meeting.

Raeisi is in the Russian capital for a state visit at the invitation of the Russian chief executive.

The Islamic Republic has already signed a strategic partnership treaty with China that has outlined the roadmap for the Sino-Iranian ties for a 25-year-long term. And, right ahead of Raeisi’s visit to the Russian capital, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that the new administration in Tehran followed a “new road map” to deepen ties with Moscow, adding that Iran and Russia were determined to update a 20-year cooperation treaty that they signed in 2001.

Adding to his remarks, Raeisi said, “Documents of strategic cooperation can outline the horizon of the [countries’] relations over 20 years.” “We are after increasing the volume of commercial ties with Russia and will expend much effort in this area,” he noted.

He hailed the countries’ anti-terror efforts in support of Syria as “good [common] experience that can serve as a basis for the [Russo-Iranian] relations.”

‘Sanctions can’t come in the way of Iran’s progress’

The president, meanwhile, said Tehran was in the midst of efforts aimed at removing the United States’ illegal and unilateral sanctions against the country.

“We hope that [these efforts] would lead to removal of the sanctions,” he said, adding, however, that “the threat of sanctions cannot come in the way of Iran’s progress.”

Putin, for his part, expressed delight to meet his Iranian counterpart, hailing that the two sides have been in constant communication since Raeisi’s inauguration last year.

He acknowledged Tehran and Moscow’s contribution to Syria’s “transition past the terrorist threats.”

The Russian head of state further noted how the countries’ officials have been paying “especial attention” to the situation in Afghanistan.

“I am inclined for these important issues to be subjected to consultation and to know about your Excellency’s opinion [in these areas]” he told Raeisi, according to Fars news agency.

The Russian official, meanwhile, communicated his regards to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

“Communicate my regards and wishes of good health to Ayatollah Khamenei,” Putin said.

During his trip, President Raeisi is also scheduled to address the plenary session of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, meet with Russia-based Iranians, and sit down with Russian economic activists.