Talks with Lavrov on spectrum of issues, nuclear topic pivotal, Iran’s FM says

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Talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will include a spectrum of miscellaneous issues, while nuclear negotiations will be a pivotal topic, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said after arrival in Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on Aug. 29.

"Ever since president Hassan Rouhani's election we have been pursuing a policy of very close relations with the Russian Federation as a strategic and serious partner as a neighbor, and as a country with shared stands on noticeable issues at the international scene," Zarif said, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.

He referred to two rounds of talks between the two countries' presidents in the course of the past year and the major developments in bilateral relations in that while, arguing that those matters and the rapid regional developments have made constant consultations between the two countries' top officials necessary.

Zarif referred to the broadening horizon of Tehran-Moscow cooperation, including negotiations on the construction of new nuclear reactors and bilateral nuclear cooperation.

He said that Iran hopes now that the country's nuclear negotiations with the six world powers has reached its final stages consultations with Russia will be held at a broader scale, appreciating the close contacts between the deputy Russian foreign minister and Iranian negotiators in previous rounds of talks.

The Iranian top diplomat also highlighted the great significance of consultations with the Russian officials on ways to encounter the perils of the Islamic State (IS) group's nuisance and ever deeper cooperation with the Russians in that respect.

The Iranian foreign minister who had left Tehran to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the Turkish President-Elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday morning left Ankara for Moscow late Thursday night.

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