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Iranian FM confers with Russian counterpart

Moscow, Oct 24, IRNA-Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow on Monday reiterated national resolve from both sides for broader cooperation.

They called their talks being in follow-up of recent negotiations held by presidents of the two countries on sidelines of World Summit in New York last September.

For his part, Lavrov expressed satisfaction with Mottaki's visit to Moscow and said that the meeting provides a good opportunity for exchange of views about expansion of ties between the two neighbor states.

"Following the successful meeting between President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York, such talks could include full aspects of bilateral relations," added the Russian minister.

Mottaki referred to Iran and Russia as two major regional powers, whose collaboration plays an effective role in resolving the regional and international problems.

He noted that negotiations with Russian officials aim to bolster such cooperation in the region.

"Iran's new government is determined to broaden ties with Russia.

Cooperation between the two countries contributes to stability, peace and security of both the region and the entire world," he added.

Negotiations between the two foreign ministers further continued behind closed doors.

The meeting was also attended by Iranian representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh, and Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Gholam-Reza Ansari.

Iran's nuclear program is one of the issues on the agenda of the ongoing talks.

Mottaki and Lavrov are scheduled to attend a joint press conference to respond to reporters questions after the meeting.

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