Monday, May 17, 2004

Putin praises Iran as a trade partner

ITAR-TASS: "Russian President Vladimir Putin described Iran as Russias steady partner of long standing. ?Iran is our steady partner of long standing?, Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Monday.
"The results of our activity cannot but cause satisfaction", the president said. ?The trade turnovers between our two countries went up 70 percent from 2002 to the present?, Putin said.
?We know that the Iranian leaders attach much importance to the development of relations with Russia and I cannot but express satisfaction with this?, the president said. Putin conveyed the best wishes to the Iranian leaders and to President Khatami. "

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