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Iran, Russia, two major global powers: SNSC Secretary

Tehran, April 28, IRNA -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Saeed Jalili, on Monday referred to Iran and Russia as two major global powers.

Jalili made the remark in a joint press conference with Acting Secretary of the Russian Security Council, Valentin Sobolev, who arrived in Tehran Sunday evening heading a high-ranking delegation for a two-day visit.

Referring to great potentials in different areas in both countries, he stressed that Tehran-Moscow bilateral cooperation could lead to strengthened peace, tranquility, stability and security in the region and in the entire world.

For his part, Sobolev, said that his current visit is in response to Jalili's last December trip to Russia.

He said he had positive and constructive talks with Jalili on the basis of mutual respect and understanding.

He expressed his satisfaction with the growing trend of Tehran-Moscow relations, adding that bilateral trade exchanges indicate an increase of 50 percent.

Iran and Russia share strategic political and economic issues of mutual interest, Sobolev added.

The two sides discussed major issues including, Iran's peaceful nuclear program and Iran-Russia technical and military cooperation, he said.

Energy and North-South corridor were among other topics reviewed by the Russian delegation and the Iranian officials, he said, adding that the talks were held in a friendly and peaceful atmosphere and were not against any third party.

Iran, Russia discuss Tehran's proposed package

Jalili said that in his talks with Sobolev the two discussed Tehran's proposed package.

Speaking in a joint press conference after his meeting with the Russian official, Jalili said Iran was to disclose the proposed package soon and exchange views with "influential states" about it.

On April 13, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki announced that Iran is preparing a package to help resolve the regional and international problems.

"Since the Middle East region and the entire world are suffering from a variety of crises, Tehran is preparing a package to put forward for the settlement of regional and international problems and present it publicly," Mottaki told reporters at a joint press conference with his counterpart from the Philippines, Alberto Romulo.

Meanwhile, Jalili said Iran's proposed package could be the topic of Iranian talks with big powers.

Asked if Tehran was to discuss its proposed package with the Group 5+1 member states, the top nuclear negotiator said, "We can also talk to them on this issue." The Group 5+1 included the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany.

Mottaki told reporters on April 13 that Iran would discuss the proposed package with the 5+1 group.

Sobolev's visit to Tehran is taking place in response to Jalili's trip to Russia last December.

The Russian official is expected to hold talks with a number of Iranian officials on Tehran-Moscow security cooperation and the latest regional and international developments.

During his two-day stay, Sobolev is to hold talks with a number of Iranian officials on Tehran-Moscow security cooperation and the latest regional and international developments.

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