Iranian, Russian deputy FMs discuss mutual cooperation in Geneva

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov in a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, discussed bilateral ties and mutual cooperation.

Araqchi met Ryabkov on the sidelines of a high-profile meeting between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) in Geneva on Tuesday.

In their meeting, Araqchi and Ryabkov underlined the need for bolstering and reinvigorating ties between Iran and Russia.

Iran and the six world powers wrapped up their first round of talks at around midday and are due to follow their morning agenda in a second meeting at 14:00 Geneva Time.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, heading a high-ranking delegation, left Tehran for Geneva on Monday. The Iranian foreign minister and his accompanying delegation are slated to meet their counterparts from the Group 5+1 states to discuss Iran’s nuclear issue and the western sanctions in a high-profile meeting in Geneva on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov hailed the existing bilateral relations between Tehran and Moscow, and called for strengthening mutual cooperation between their countries in all arenas.

In a meeting on the sidelines of the 68th Annual Session of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 24, the two top diplomats expressed satisfaction over the growing trend of bilateral relations between the two friendly states, and discussed the ways to bolster mutual cooperation in the fields of oil, gas, electricity, industry and machinery as well as fostering cooperation among the Caspian Sea littoral states.

Late in August, the Iranian and Russian foreign ministers in a telephone conversation discussed bolstering and reinvigorating the bilateral relations between the two states.

During their phone talk, the Iranian and Russian foreign ministers also surveyed the timetable for bilateral political contacts in the near future.

Iran and Russia have vast cooperation in different fields, specially in political and economic spheres.

The two also enjoy special position on the international scene and have long held constant consultations on key regional and global issues.

Russian banks are participating in schemes to finance Iranian oil exports, which are the target of US and European sanctions against Tehran.

By Fars News Agency


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