Monday, October 18, 2004

Lavrov’s visit to Iran could signal Russia’s return to Eurasian outlook

Description of Selected News: "Lavrov’s visit to Iran could signal Russia’s return to Eurasian outlook

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s recent visit to Iran has special significance in light of Iran-Russia cooperation in the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant and the efforts made by the United States and its allies to sabotage Tehran-Moscow relations and to isolate Iran.

During his one-day visit to Tehran, Lavrov met his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi, Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel, and the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Hassan Rowhani.

After his visit with Kharrazi, Lavrov said that Russia would support Iran in its negotiations with European countries on the nuclear issue as well as in its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. He added that Russia recognizes Iran’s right to access to nuclear technology and believes that Iran can allay the West’s concerns about its nuclear program through the continuation of confidence-building measures.

During Lavrov’s visit with the SNSC secretary, Rowhani said that this is the most appropriate time to boost bilateral ties between Tehran and Moscow and underlined the need to complete construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant as soon as possible.

Lavrov also emphasized the importance of the continuation of warm relations between Iran and Russia, saying that the nuclear fuel contract between the two countries would soon be signed and that Moscow would not let any foreign pressure influence bilateral cooperation.

The Majlis speaker lauded Russia for its independent positions on international and regional affairs. He added that public opinion in Iran is especially sensitive toward the issue of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, calling it the symbol of Tehran-Moscow relations.

Lavrov also said that Russia is committed to continuing its cooperation with Iran."

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