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President Putin's visit to Iran viewed as a significant event

Moscow, May 17, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov in a meeting here Monday termed the upcoming visit of President Vladimir Putin to Iran as significant.

In their first round of talks, Lavrov and Kharrazi examined ways of expanding mutual relations in various fields.

In the meeting, Lavrov referred to the importance of Iran-Russia ties and said that exchange of high-ranking delegations, particularly the future visit of President Putin to Iran would further secure mutual interests and help promote regional peace and security.

He noted that his country is determined to reinforce and expand relations with Iran in accordance with the contract signed by the presidents of the two countries in 2000.

For his part, Kharrazi referred to Iran-Russia cooperation in the international fields and said, "Given Iran's close cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the expected meeting IAEA's board of governors would examine Iran's nuclear program in view of the existing facts.

"The world community should now fulfill its responsibilities in all fields, in particular in peaceful nuclear issues," he added.

He underlined that Iran would not overlook its legal right to peaceful application of nuclear energy.

The Russian minister further lauded Iran's sincere and full cooperation with IAEA and noted that Russia attempts to expedite normalizing the trend of Iran's nuclear program.

"Russian officials believe that the countries possessing nuclear technology should cooperate with Iran in the domain of peaceful nuclear activities," he added.

Lavrov underlined that the world is aware of Iran's decisive role in campaign against terrorism and drugs as well as promotion on stability in the region.

The next meeting of the Caspian Sea littoral states heads and the Caspian legal regime were also on the agenda.

The two foreign ministers decided to leave the issues to the specialists in charge for further examination and follow-up.

Meanwhile, some decisions were taken by the two sides on expansion of cultural and economic cooperation and agreed to implement them in the future.

The second round of foreign ministers talk, which is expected to focus on regional developments, specifically Iraq's situation, is scheduled for this afternoon following Kharrazi's meeting with President Putin.

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