News ID: 234851
Published: 0424 GMT November 26, 2018

Tehran, Moscow determined to bolster all-out ties

Tehran, Moscow determined to bolster all-out ties

Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian arrived in Moscow on Monday to chair the Iran-Russia joint cooperation commission to further strengthen ties between Tehran and Moscow in diverse areas.

Iran's Embassy in Moscow announced on Monday that following a closed-door meeting with Russia's Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, Ardakanian will hold a meeting with the minister of North Caucasus affairs.

Iran-Russia joint commission includes 15 working groups operating in the fields of transportation, standards, banking, tourism, sport and youth, investment, nuclear, higher education, industry, Eurasian Economic Union, customs, health, culture, energy and mining.

Masoud Karbasian, Iran's former minister of economy headed a 75-member delegation to the last joint cooperation commission meeting in Moscow in March.

During a three-day trip to Moscow, the high-ranking Iranian business delegation signed 14 memorandums of understanding in various areas.

Russian officials have repeatedly voiced their country's willingness to broaden bilateral ties with Iran.

In late August, Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin told his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Qassemi Taqizadeh in Moscow that his "country is resolved to broaden defense cooperation with Iran".

Before that, Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri and Russian Deputy Defense Minister General Valery Gerasimov in a meeting in Tehran discussed expansion of mutual cooperation, especially in the military and defense sectors.

In the past years, the two sides have held wide-ranging talks in the fields of energy, rail and aviation industries.

Iran exported non-oil goods valued at close to $300 million to Russia in the year which ended on March 20.

Food products accounted for 70 percent of the exports to the northern neighbor. Metal, cement, chemical materials and minerals were among other commodities exported from Iran to Russia. Reportedly, 14 Iranian chambers have offices in Russia.

The two states also have close views on international affairs and have long held constant and regular consultations on key regional and global issues.

   
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