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Iran president to pay visit to Russia for key talks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is to set off for Moscow at the official invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Rouhani will leave Tehran for Moscow on Monday to hold talks with Putin and other senior officials of the country, Iranian president's deputy chief of staff for communications and information, Parviz Esmaeili, said on Friday.

He added that the sides would discuss leading bilateral, regional and international issues.

He noted that Iranian and Russian officials would sign agreements to bolster cooperation in legal and judicial sectors, roads and urban development, technology and communications, energy and sports.

Esmaeili said Iranian entrepreneurs and tradespeople would also hold negotiations with their Russian counterparts and sign deals to strengthen cooperation between the two countries’ private sectors.

Pointing to prominent positions of Iran and Russia in the region and the world, the official said the continuation and development of mutual relations, the ways to promote regional stability and security and the fight against terrorism would be among the main topics on the agenda of the talks.

Rouhani and Putin have held eight meetings over the past four years. Tehran and Moscow enjoy strategic relations with senior delegations of the two countries regularly exchanging visits.

The two presidents have also held several phone conversations and discussed the avenues for the continuation of bilateral cooperation on the crisis in Syria and the fight against international terrorism.

Russia has been carrying out an aerial campaign against militants in Syria, including formerly in Aleppo, on a request from the Syrian government. Iran, too, has been offering Damascus advisory military help.

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