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Iran, Russia to finalize Zohreh satellite contract

Moscow, Dec 29, IRNA -- Iran and Russia is to finalize an agreement for the construction of the Zohreh satellite for Iran.

In a meeting between Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Gholam Reza Shafei and Russian Federal Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos) chief Gen Anatoly Perminov, the two sides agreed to carry out joint space projects, including construction of satellites and exchange of experience.

The two sides also reached an agreement on bilateral cooperation in the scientific study of UFOs (unknown flying objects).

Shafei and Perminov stressed expansion of bilateral cooperation particularly in space research and construction of satellites.

Officials of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Iran held discussions in Tehran last month on implementation of the Iranian Zohreh satellite project.

Shafei had earlier cited bureaucratic hassles in Iran and Russia as among the obstacles in the way of expansion of bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries, saying the Zohreh project has not been materialized after so many years due to such problems.

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