President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who has traveled to Moscow at the invitation of his Russian counterpart, met with Vladimir Putin.
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Raisi and his high-ranking delegation were officially welcomed by the Russian Energy Minister of Russia and Chairman of the Iran-Russia Joint Economic Cooperation Commission Nikolay Shulginov and Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov upon arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on Wednesday.
Raisi, in the first step of the trip, met with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, on Wednesday evening.
Attending and addressing the Duma, meeting with Iranians residing in Russia, and meeting with Russian economic actors will be part of the President's plans for the two-day trip.
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Petroleum, and Economic Affairs and Finance accompanying Raisi on the trip.
Speaking on Wednesday before leaving for Russia at Mehrabad Airport, Raisi said, "This trip is made at the invitation of the President of Russia and to promote neighborhood and regional diplomacy."
The President also said, "We seek to establish and strengthen relations with all neighbors, especially Russia in various political, economic and trade fields, and this trip can be a turning point to improve and strengthen relations with Russia."
Raisi said, "Cooperation and talks between the two important, powerful and influential countries can be effective in improving regional security and economic and trade relations."
Referring to the strengthening of cooperation between Tehran and Moscow in regional political and economic forums, the President referred to Iran's membership in the Shanghai Summit and said, "In the Shanghai Summit, we will have good cooperation with all countries, especially with Russia. Russia also plays a key role in the Eurasian Union, and cooperation between the two countries in this regard can lead to effective steps to promote trade and economic issues."
Stating that Iran and Russia have common interests, Raisi said, "The existence of common and interactive interests between Tehran and Moscow in the region provides security and will prevent unilateralism in the world. Also, interaction and cooperation between the two countries can affect the regional and international situation."
Referring to the vast potential for cooperation between Tehran and Moscow in various political, economic, and energy sectors, the President said, "The current trade and economic cooperation level is not satisfactory for either country and needs to be upgraded to a much higher level. We hope that this trip will be an effective step towards securing the common interests of the two countries, which are influential in the regional and global fields."