Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bilateral Relations:Russia willing to consolidate ties with Iran-official

Moscow, Jan 19, IRNA – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that his country was willing to strengthen ties with Iran.

Ryabkov made the remark in a meeting on Tuesday evening with his visiting Iranian counterpart Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh.

Commenting about the upcoming talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 due in the Turkish capital city of Istanbul, Ryabkov said Russia believes that the negotiations will help solve the nuclear dispute.

He further hoped that the Istanbul talks in a peaceful atmosphere and with mutual respect will achieve positive outcomes.

For his part, Iran's Akhoundzadeh said the Islamic Republic of Iran has officially proved the transparency of its nuclear program several times.

According to the reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) inspectors, Iran's nuclear activities have had no deviation from international regulations, Akhoundzadeh stressed.

For the Istanbul talks, Iran's deputy foreign minister hoped it will achieve win-win outcomes.

About long-lasting relations between Tehran and Moscow, Akhoundzadeh said the two countries enjoy common interests.

He also hoped for deepening cooperation between the two countries in the international and regional issues as well as cultural, economic and political fields.

Group 5+1 comprises the US, Britain, Russia, France and China plus Germany.