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Russia's Ivanov meets Iranian Foreign Minister Kharrazi

Tehran, July 6, IRNA -- Secretary of the National Supreme Security Council of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov met on Monday Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi and discussed the ways of solidify the bilateral relations.

Among other issues addressed by the two sides were regional and international developments specially the Caspian Sea affairs, Iraq, Afghanistan, nuclear energy, Central Asia and Caucasus region's latest developments.

In the meeting, referring to the status of Iran and Russia in regional developments, Kharrazi said that constant consultations between Tehran and Moscow can have an effective role in securing mutual interests and eliminating caused of shared concerns.

He said the rough and naive behavior of the Americans in dealing with the Iraqis have resulted in harsh reactions and a very insecure atmosphere inside Iraq.

"To get rid of the current crisis," he added, "the Americans need to accelerate the departure of the occupation forces and to provide for respecting full sovereignty of the Iraqi nation."

Explaining about Iran's peaceful nuclear program and positive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran's foreign minister said, "In light of good relation and expanding cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, Iran expects Russia not to yield to the US biassed approach and constant political pressure."

Ivanov referring to the importance of bilateral relations, said Moscow seriously wants strong ties between the two countries that can secure bilateral interests.

He added, "Tehran and Moscow share viewpoints on many regional and international issues that held further strengthen and expand ties and cooperation at international scenes."

The Russian authority said Iran has always had a constructive role in regional developments and consultations between Tehran and Moscow can provide the appropriate ground for boosting bilateral cooperation in different fields.

Ivanov said Russia understands Iran's concerns for discriminatory approaches of foreign power towards the country's peaceful nuclear program and is ready to increase contacts and consultations to prepare the ground for pushing forth Iran's peaceful nuclear energy.

In the meeting the two sides also considered the ways for strengthening mutual cooperation and emphasized on the need to increase the volume and level of consultations between the two countries.

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