Envoy: Iranian, Russian Presidents to focus on economic ties in Baku talks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanayee underlined that President Hassan Rouhani will focus on the expansion of economic ties in his meetings with senior Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, in his upcoming visit to Baku, Azerbaijan.

“President Rouhani and his Russian counterpart are slated to study the grounds for the broadening of mutual cooperation, specially in trade and economic fields, in the upcoming talks in Baku,” Sanayee said on Saturday night.

The Iranian ambassador underlined that the grounds are now prepared to boost the volume of trade exchanges between Tehran and Islamabad.

President Rouhani is slated to leave Tehran for Baku to hold trilateral talks with his Russian and Azeri counterparts.

Over the last several years, Iran and Russia have had vast cooperation in different fields, specially in political and economic spheres.

The two states also enjoy special positions on the international scene and have long had constant and regular consultations on key regional and global issues.

On November 23, President Putin arrived in Tehran to meet Iran’s top officials and participate in the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) conference.

Upon arrival in Iran, he rushed to meet Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei that lasted for two hours. Then later in the day he met his counterpart President Rouhani and the two presidents also attended a press conference.

Also on November 23, high-ranking Iranian and Russian officials inked 7 cooperation Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of President Rouhani and President Putin.

One of the documents endorsed by Iranian and Russian top diplomats Mohammad Javad Zarif and Sergei Lavrov eased visa requirements for reciprocal visits by the two countries’ nationals.

The other documents and MoUs were related to the health, railway, banking, insurance, electricity, power plant, water and energy sectors.

By Fars News Agency