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Lavrov visited Iran to pursue issues agreed before: President

Tehran, Oct 31, IRNA - Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Iran to follow up previous agreements on major regional and international issues made during President Vladimir Putin's trip to Tehran in mid October.

Lavrov's visit to Tehran took place within the framework of bilateral relations, the president added.

The Russian foreign minister left Tehran for Moscow early Wednesday morning at the end of his day-long visit to Iran during which he met with President Ahmadinejad and his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki.

Lavrov also submitted a message from President Putin to his Iranian counterpart.

Speaking to reporters at the end of a cabinet session, President Ahmadinejad said that his meeting with Lavrov was indeed a session of exchanging views in continuation with what he had previously discussed with President Putin for taking some measures at regional and international levels.

According to the information and press department of Iranian foreign ministry, Iranian Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in the meeting with Lavrov referred to positive effects of the Russian president's visit to Iran and the results of the Caspian summit, He remarked that these developments open up ample opportunities for bilateral interactions and also regional and international cooperation.

Mottaki expressed hope that the ideas of both countries' presidents would be realized through constant contacts to the benefit of Iranian and Russian nations.

Lavrov in turn said that The Russian president's visit to Tehran has brought about constructive and positive results and set the stage for making fresh evaluation of both countries' national interests.

Lavrov also said he hoped that the common views and interests of both states would be realized through bilateral visits and contacts.

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