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Isfahan and Saint Petersburg become sister cities

Isfahan, Nov 10, IRNA -- The governor of Russia's second biggest city, Saint Petersburg, Valentina Matviyenko and Isfahan Mayor Morteza Saqqaian-nejad on Wednesday signed an eight-article agreement, according to which Isfahan and Saint Petersburg have been declared sister cities.

Based on the inked document, the municipalities of two cities reached accord on optimum use of their economic, scientific, technical and cultural potentials to expand friendly ties between Iranian and Russian nations and governments.

Mutual confidence, broadening of economic and trade relations, implementation of various industrial projects, collaboration between the chambers of commerce, enterprises, tourist agencies, trade fairs, organizations, societies, sports teams as well as scientific and technical institutes of both sides are included in the agreement.

For her part, Matviyenko said that the two cities have many cultural and historical commonalties.

"Given the former fruitful cooperation between Isfahan and Saint Petersburg, it was decided to sign a contract and make them sister cities.

"In view of its high potentials and favorable economic status, Saint Petersburg has attracted many foreign investors," she added.

Turning to the city's expertise on establishment of metro, she declared readiness for participating in Isfahan's metro project.

In the meeting, Saqqaian-nejad referred to the cultural, social and economic commonalties of the two cities and said that the signed document marks the opening of a new chapter in mutual relations.

"Considering the wide range of Iran-Russia common interests, expansion of friendly relations is to the benefit of both countries," he concluded.

Saint Petersburg's governor and her 30-member delegation are expected to leave Isfahan on Wednesday afternoon.

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