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Ambassador: Tehran, Moscow turn threats into opportunities

Moscow, Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanaei said on Tuesday that Tehran and Moscow are determined to change threats into opportunities in regional and global developments to broaden and bolster mutual relations.

He said in a meeting titled 'Iran-Russia relations some 39 years after the triumph of the Islamic Revolution' which was held in Moscow.

After the presence of NATO forces in Afghanistan, cultivation and distribution of opium have increased 40 folds which threaten Iran and Russia, Sanaei said.

Terrorism is regarded as a global threat, but the Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia have sincerely fought with this phenomenon and have achieved significant triumph to this end, Sanaei said.

Unfair economic sanctions imposed by the West against Iran and Russia along with the new US atomic doctrine is regarded as common threats for both countries, he said.

Common opportunities for both countries are regarded as stability in the Middle East region and Euroasia, stabilization of energy prices in the world, transit of goods, regional transportations and the issue of the Caspian Sea, Sanaei pointed out.

Iran and Russia have close cooperation at the UN human rights commission, disarmament as well as other sectors along with international accords mainly on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he said.

Expansion of mutual and multilateral cooperation in various issues such as Syria, resolving regional disputes, cooperation among world Muslim countries (Russia as an observer to OIC) are among such cooperation, Sanaei added.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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