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Iran to host large Russian business delegation: MIMT

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A delegation of 65 Russian companies is to start three days of talks in Iran starting September 19.

Iran will host a large delegation of representatives from Russian businesses and companies on September 19 days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the planned visit in a meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi.

Iran’s trade ministry (MIMT) spokesman said on Sunday that a delegation of 100 people representing 65 Russian companies will hold three days of talks with Iranian counterparts in Tehran starting Monday.

Qalibaf said more than 750 face-to-face meetings have been planned between Iranian and Russian businesses over the visit.

He said the Russian delegation visiting Tehran will comprise of representatives from various companies, including manufacturers of food products, agricultural machinery, pharmaceuticals and leading suppliers of communication equipment.

The MIMT official said Russia plans to dispatch at least 10 other business delegations to Iran until the end of this year.

Qalibaf said members of provincial chambers of commerce from across Iran will attend the planned meetings with the Russian delegation.

The announcement comes just days after Putin told Raesi during a meeting in Uzbekistan that Russia will send its biggest ever trade and business delegation to Tehran amid efforts by the two countries to expand their economic ties and to beef up their defenses against foreign sanctions.

Putin made the remarks on Thursday as he was attending a summit in Samarkand of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a bloc led by Russia and China which is going to grant Iran full membership within the next seven months.

Russia has sought closer economic and energy ties with Iran since February when it came under Western sanctions because of its involvement in the war in Ukraine.

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