Wednesday, October 06, 2004

:: Xinhuanet - Russia to deepen partnership with Iran

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "Russia to deepen partnership with Iran 2004-10-07 01:56:49

MOSCOW, Oct. 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Moscow attached great importance to promoting partnership with Iran and considered it to be a weighty factor of stability and peace in the adjacent regions, the Itar-Tass news agency cited a Russian foreign ministry source as reporting on Wednesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will pay a visit to Iranon Oct. 10-11. The upcoming talks will be focused on internationalsecurity, the Russian-Iranian interaction in the struggle against terrorism and illegal drugs trade, the report said.

"Moscow and Teheran proceed from the need to develop honest cooperation in the struggle against this global evil without double standards, " the source noted.

He said that the two sides would discuss the Iranian nuclear program in the context of Iran's cooperation with the IAEA, as well as the bilateral and multilateral cooperation within the framework of the Caspian "five".

Russia and Iran supported multilateral efforts aimed at the post-war restoration of Afghanistan, the restoration of Iraq and the creation of the climate of trust and cooperation in the Near and Middle East and in Asia, Itar-Tass said quoting the source.

Meanwhile, questions of trade and economic cooperation will also figure high during the talks, it said.

"The effective use of the existing potential in this field willmake it possible to increase last year's trade turnover that stoodat $1.37 billion," the source went on to say. "This is the priority task for a short-term perspective," he added."


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