Konstantin Kosachev: Russian and Iranian members of parliament are ready to facilitate further efforts to expand trade and economic ties between the two countries

The Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council held a meeting with the Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Islamic Consultative Assembly.

Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev met with Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran (the Parliament) Vahid Jalalzadeh, who is Moscow now to attend events organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO). Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Grigory Karasin took part in the talks.

Konstantin Kosachev noted that Russia appreciated its friendly ties with Iran. He recalled that this year the heads of the two nations met for talks four times and that various relevant ministries in the two countries maintained regular contacts. “Inter-parliamentary ties are also very dynamic,” he said.

“Russia thinks highly of the principled and bold position of the Iranian leadership on Ukraine, which has been communicated publicly and repeatedly at the top level as well as on anti-Russia sanctions imposed by the West,” Konstantin Kosachev added. “This creates more opportunities for continuing to advance political and economic interaction, as well as trade between Russia and Iran. This is in the interest of both countries. Russian members of parliament are ready to engage in substantive and constructive work with their Iranian colleagues.”

According to Vahid Jalalzadeh, Russia and Iran have set an example of a strategic relationship based on mutually beneficial cooperation. He spoke in favour of expanding trade and economic partnership between the two countries.

The discussion also covered a broad range of topics related to inter-parliamentary cooperation, the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly’s activities, and efforts to combat terrorism and drag trafficking. The issues of regional security were also discussed.

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