The latest state of bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation was discussed in the meeting of the presidents of the two countries, and the development of relations between the two countries in various fields was emphasized.
Vladimir Putin, who travelled to Iran to participate in the tripartite meeting of the Guarantor Countries of the Astana Process, after arriving in Tehran, met with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi.
In this meeting, while reviewing the latest state of relations between the two countries, which has grown significantly in the recent period, the two sides expressed their satisfaction with the leap in bilateral relations, especially in the fields of economy, security, infrastructure, energy, trade and industry, and expressed their determination for the continuation of this path and its strengthening.
At the same time, the two sides, while recalling the joint successes in countering terrorism, emphasised the necessity of developing cooperation in new regional and extra-regional fields and announced their serious will to strengthen the security of independent countries in the region.
In this meeting, Ayatollah Raisi called the will of the two countries to develop bilateral relations remarkable and said, “After meetings in Moscow and Ashgabat, the process of cooperation has been growing and this process should be strengthened”.
Referring to the history of successful cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism in Syria, the President described this cooperation as a basis for strengthening security and stability in the region, and added, “The countries in the West Asian region who claimed to fight terrorism did not take any effective steps in this regard, but it was the Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia that showed their sincerity and determination in this field by serious cooperation in the fight against terrorism”.
In this meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin, while expressing his satisfaction at being in the hospitable land of Iran, announced the increase of cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially in the field of international security, and said, “Iran and Russia have a very big contribution in solving the Syrian crisis”.
Ayatollah Raisi, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will participate in the seventh summit of the Guarantor Countries of the Astana Process hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Source: Iranian Government
Beginning of Russian-Iranian talks
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi (retranslated):
Thank you very much for accepting our invitation to come here for bilateral and then trilateral talks in the Astana format.
After our visit and the meeting in Moscow and then in Ashgabat, everything has been developing very quickly, including our bilateral relations. Both sides have the political will needed to develop our ties and to put them into practice.
We have good, substantial experience on the Syrian track. I think this experience and our cooperation have made this region safer. Other countries merely claim to be fighting terrorism. Meanwhile, our relations and cooperation in counterterrorism have proved our ability to reach the goals we set for ourselves. I believe this is very valuable experience in enhancing security in our region.
I very much hope that your official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran will become a turning point in upgrading our relations on the regional and international agenda.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:
I am very pleased to be here today with our friends on hospitable Iranian land.
Our relations have been developing at a good pace, indeed. We boast record figures in trade growth. We are strengthening our cooperation on international security and making a tangible contribution to settling the Syrian conflict.