By Farhad Daneshvar
The Islamic Republic of Iran hopes that President Hassan Rouhani’s upcoming visit to Moscow would be a turning point in bilateral cooperation in various areas in particular economic, trade and industrial cooperation, a senior diplomat says.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has described Russia as a powerful and influential country, adding that the two countries have promoted proper cooperation on bilateral and regional issues over the recent years, ILNA news agency reported.
Speaking about ups and downs in diplomatic ties between the two countries over the past five centuries, he said that Tehran and Moscow had considerable and effective cooperation over the recent years as they share common viewpoints on tackling extremism and terrorist groups.
Although there are some differences between Tehran and Moscow on tackling terrorism, but cooperation between the two countries has slowed the growth of terrorist groups, he added.
According to the spokesperson, President Rouhani and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, are expected to discuss regional issues in particular Syrian crisis and ways to put an end to the issue as well as tackling terrorism and extremism during the two day visit in Moscow.
He further touched upon economic ties between Iran and Russia expressing his dissatisfaction with the level of economic relations and called for making efforts aimed at increasing the volume of trade.
Bahram Qassemi said that about ten documents on cooperation in various fields are expected to be inked during the visit.
President Rouhani is slated to arrive in Moscow on March 27.