News ID: 271841
Published: 0255 GMT July 21, 2020

Iran ready to extend 20-year cooperation deal with Russia

Iran ready to extend 20-year cooperation deal with Russia

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday announced Tehran's readiness to extend a 20-year cooperation agreement with Moscow.

The extension of a 20-year agreement between Iran and Russia is on the agenda of talks between the Iranian delegation and the Russian officials, Zarif told IRNA as he arrived in Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on mutual ties as well as the latest regional and international developments.

Iran and Russia sealed a 20-year comprehensive cooperation agreement which will expire in March 2021.

“If the Russian friends are ready for another long-term contract, it could be discussed,” he said.

Zarif described Iran's relations with Russia as "strategic", saying regular consultations between Tehran and Moscow is essential given the speed of regional and international developments.

The top Iranian diplomat also said his visit to Moscow was following the recent negotiations between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

 “In the current circumstances when major developments are taking place at the international level, it is necessary to hold such negotiations constantly between us and the Russian government, and also other friends of ours, like the Chinese government,” he added.

Zarif is to deliver President Hassan Rouhani’s message to his Russian counterpart President Vladimir Putin.

Iranian Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali, who accompanied Zarif during the one-day visit, said Tehran is interested in buying new weapons from Moscow to enhance its defense capabilities.

"We will hold consultations with Russia on what we need to enhance our defense capabilities ... Russia is our priority partner in this sense," Jalali said.

IRNA and IFP contributed to this story. 




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