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On October 6, Moscow will host talks between Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart H. Amir Abdollahian. The meeting will be a continuation of the regular dialogue between the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries. The last time they spoke by phone was September 9, 2021.

The positions of Russia and Iran on many international topics are close or coincide. The ministers will pay special attention to the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program. The only way out of this situation is the earliest possible resumption of the negotiation process to restore the full-fledged functioning of the “nuclear deal”.

The state of affairs in Afghanistan will be substantively discussed in the context of the fundamental importance of an effective response to emerging challenges, including the relief of terrorist and drug threats, as well as international assistance to the post-conflict reconstruction of this country.

On the Syrian settlement, the principled position of Moscow and Tehran is to support unconditional respect for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the SAR, the legal right of the Syrians to independently determine the future of their country. Effective interaction within the Astana format will continue.

During the dialogue, the heads of the foreign ministries “will synchronize their watches” on other topical topics of the regional agenda, including the situation in the Caspian Sea, in the Transcaucasus, in the Persian Gulf zone, Yemen, Lebanon, and the Middle East settlement.

Russia supports the decision to start the procedure for admitting Iran to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, made during the SCO summit in Dushanbe. We have always advocated the full-fledged participation of Iran, which will help to increase the international authority of the organization.

Recently, despite the pandemic of the new coronavirus infection, Russian-Iranian relations are actively developing. The intensity of the political dialogue remains – after the victory of S.E. Raisi in the presidential elections in Iran, the presidents of our countries spoke by telephone twice. Intensive bilateral contacts are maintained at various levels, including through the heads of foreign affairs agencies, parliaments, and other state structures and organizations.

In the context of the still difficult sanitary and epidemiological situation in the world, effective practical cooperation has been established between Moscow and Tehran, including through relevant departments, in the field of countering the spread of COVID-19. The deliveries of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V to Iran continue. The Iranian authorities have also approved the use of the Sputnik Light single-component vaccine in the country, which will accelerate the vaccination of the population and form population immunity. We hope that effective domestic drugs will help Iranian friends to defeat the virus as soon as possible.

We intend to further expand mutually beneficial ties with Iran and continue cooperation in the interests of regional stability and international security. We count on the strengthening of positive trends in all spheres of Russian-Iranian cooperation.

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