Source: Press TV
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) meets with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Tehran on April 27, 2014.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hailed "strong" bilateral relations between Iran and Russia in various areas, saying Tehran-Moscow ties are beneficial to the entire region.
In a Sunday meeting with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Tehran, President Rouhani said Iran and Russia enjoy good political and economic relations and stressed that bilateral ties between Tehran and Moscow are "in the interest of the two nations and the entire region."
"Strong political ties in bilateral, regional and international domains, along with vast economic relations between the two countries, set the stage for the promotion of peace and stability," stated the Iranian president.
The Iranian chief executive further called for closer economic cooperation between Iran and Russia, adding, "The political will of both sides can lead to all-out expansion of relations...and commercial exchanges between the two countries."
President Rouhani also expressed hope that the meetings of the Iran-Russia Joint Economic Commission can further bolster interactions between the two countries.
The Russian energy minister, for his part, praised friendly ties between Tehran and Moscow, saying bilateral relations between the two nations are deepening based on common interests.
Russian President Vladimir Putin pays special attention to the further enhancement of ties with the Islamic Republic, said Novak, adding that Putin is personally following up on the agreements he reached with his Iranian counterpart during their meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, last September.
The Russian minister also described Tehran-Moscow agreements in Bishkek as an invaluable opportunity to further broaden mutual cooperation.
Iran-Russia trade currently stands at USD 5 billion a year, but economists say they can at least quadruple the volume of their trade exchanges.
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