FM: Iran Resolved to Broaden Bilateral Ties with Russia
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov voiced Tehran's determination to expand all-out relations with Moscow.
Amir Abdollahian made the remarks during the meeting held on the sidelines of the 21st Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan.
The Iranian foreign minister reaffirmed Tehran's readiness to develop friendly and amicable ties with Moscow.
Lavrov, for his part, congratulated Amir Abdollahian on his appointment as Iran's foreign minister, and invited him to visit Moscow and continue bilateral consultations.
In relevant remarks on Friday, Amir Abdollahian tweeted that on the sidelines of the SCO summit, "I held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov".
"I thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting Iran to be accepted as a permanent member of the SCO," he added. "We agreed on the statement issued on the developments in Afghanistan."
The SCO officially admitted Iran as a new member of the Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance at its 21st summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Friday.
"Perfectly pleased to announce that the permanent membership document of the Islamic Republic of Iran was approved by the leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe in the presence of our esteemed President," Amir Abdollahian tweeted Friday.
"This strategic membership has an important impact on the process of comprehensive cooperation between Iran in line with the policy of neighborhood with and pivot to Asia," he added.
The 21st edition of SCO kicked off in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan on Friday.
The SCO consists of nine permanent member states, including Iran, India, Kazakhstan, China, Kirgizstan, Pakistan, Russia and Uzbekistan. Three states of Afghanistan, Belarus, and Mongolia are still observer members and six countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkeyو and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an effective regional and intra-state organization, which was established by leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in 2001.