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IDP's statement following parl. speaker's visit to Russia

Tehran, Feb 10, 2021 (ICANA) - The International Deputyship of the Parliament issued a press statement upon the return of the Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly from a three-day visit to Moscow.

According to ICANA News Agency, the International Deputyship of the Islamic Consultative Assembly issued the following press release after the return of Dr. Ghalibaf from a three-day visit to the Russian Federation:

At the official invitation of Vyacheslav Valodin, Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Dr. Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, paid a visit to the Russian Federation from February 7 to 9, 2021.

During the visit, an important message from the Supreme Leader to the Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin was conveyed. Given the importance of bilateral relations and regional and international developments, this message contained strategic points that were noted by the Russian President.

This visit exhibits the depth of sincere relations between the two neighboring countries and a turning point in their parliamentary cooperation.

In addition to meeting and comparing notes with the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Dr. Ghalibaf met with Ms. Valentina Matviyenko, Chairwoman of the Federation Council as well as Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. In these meetings, they covered, in a friendly and constructive atmosphere, a wide range of topics of interest, particularly the outlook of bilateral relations in the political-economic and parliamentary fields as also regional and global developments.

Noting the importance of further growth and development of relations between the two countries in various fields as well as their continuation of regular consultations, the two sides stressed the support of the two countries' parliaments for developing and strengthening Tehran-Moscow relations.

In his talks with high-ranking Moscow officials, the Speaker stressed the need to formulate a roadmap, expand relations between the two countries, especially in the fields of economy, trade, culture, industry and sustain consultations on regional and international issues.

As reported by ICANA, explaining their shared views on regional and world issues, such as the fight against terrorism, the need to strengthen and consolidate sustainable peace and security in the region and the combat against organized crime, the two sides reaffirmed their firm determination to help further the bilateral ties as also overcome challenges ahead in all areas through utilizing parliamentary capacity.

The speakers of parliaments of both countries stressed the need to utilize the diverse capacities of Iran and Russia to improve the level of economic relations between the two countries, particularly in the fields of energy, industry, technology, communications, tourism, ports and rail and road transportation and agreed to hold the next meeting of Iran-Russia Joint High Commission of Parliamentary Cooperation at the earliest opportunity.

It is worth mentioning that during this visit, Mikhail Myasnikovich, Secretary General of the Eurasian Economic Union, met with Dr. Ghalibaf at the latter’s place of residence and discussed ways to expand trade cooperation between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union. The two sides stressed the importance of speeding up negotiations on Iran's permanent accession to the Eurasian Economic Union.

In addition to meeting with a group of Russian and Iranian businessmen and merchants and examining the existing issues and opportunities, the Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly visited the Russian Institute of Oriental Studies and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, explaining his views and taking the questions of professors, elites, experts and students.

The Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly and the accompanying delegation attended the celebration of the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. While congratulating the arrival of days of the Fajr decade, the Speaker spoke about the roots of the Islamic Revolution and its great achievements.

Dr. Ghalibaf also sincerely appreciated the warm and friendly reception of Mr. Vyacheslav Valodin, Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and invited him and his accompanying delegation to pay an official visit to Tehran.

According to ICANA, Mojtaba Zulnori, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Fereydoun Abbasi, Chairman of the Energy Commission, Seyed Javad Sadati, Nejad, Chairman of the Agriculture, Water and Natural Resources Commission, and Abolfazl Amoui, Spokesman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission accompanied the Speaker in this visit.

During this visit, the heads of the mentioned commissions met and compared notes with their parliamentary counterparts and some government officials.

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