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Amir Abdollahian: Iran-Russia FMs to draw roadmap for long-term cooperation

2022-01-20 07:47:23
Iranian Foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that he together with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have been instructed by presidents to draw a roadmap for long-term cooperation.

Addressing a live TV interview from Moscow, Amir Abdollahian said despite the harsh restrictions in place in Russia due to the COVID-19 pandemic which claims the lives of about 700 people a day in Russia, the meeting was held with full observation of all health protocols.

The two presidents discussed a spectrum of issues of mutual interest ranging from political and strategic topics to economic, trade, cultural, technological and scientific cooperation as well as private sector businesses, he added.

President Raisi and President Putin also discussed regional developments including the situation in Yemen and stressed the need for political solutions that would exclude war.

Raisi reffered to Iran's joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and said has enormously added to the body's capacities, he stated.

He said the policy of "No to West, No to East" lies at the hardcore of Iran's political independence, stressing that his ministry will zealously pursue the policy of creating a balance in its ties with both western and eastern countries to safeguard the nation's interests, he noted.

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