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Iran, Russia lay out roadmap to enhance strategic cooperation

Iran and Russia issue a joint statement, outlining a roadmap for the future status of their bilateral relations and cooperation on the regional and international stage.

According to Press TV, the 16-page statement was released during talks between President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart, Vladmiri Putin, in Kremlin on Tuesday, the second day of a two-day visit to Moscow by the Iranian chief executive.

Dubbed “Moving forward to Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation,” the statement listed the areas of priority, where the two sides seek long-term collaboration.

According to the statement, the countries signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) concerning such areas as nuclear energy, oil exploration and production, electricity, rail transport and urban development:

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and Russia’s Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation, signed an MoU in the area of nuclear material shipment.

The National Iranian Oil Company and the Russian State Geological Company signed another such document enabling further cooperation.

The Ministries of Energy inked an MoU in the area of electricity trade.

A memorandum of strategic cooperation was signed between the Iranian and Russian railways organizations.

An MoU was inked addressing housing development and public services between Iran’s Roads and Urban Development Ministry and the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation.

The Russian side, meanwhile, announced completion of the domestic formalities required to enable Russian assistance to Iran in building a thermal power station, the statement added.

The Iranian and Russian statesmen also commended the recent development in the visa regulations standing between the two sides, which enabled visa-free travel by tourists signing up with authorized Iranian tour leading bodies to Russia.

They ordered relevant national authorities to work to reduce the bureaucracy facing travel by other Iranian nationals to Russia.

Rouhani and Putin reaffirmed Iran and Russia’s “decisive support” for the Syrian government, army, and popular forces against terror groups, especially the Takfiri outfits of Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, as well as their affiliates.