Iran Is Hopeful That Russia Will Continue Playing Active Role In Middle East Settlement

Iran is hopeful that Russia will continue playing an active role in the Middle East settlement. According to the information and press department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, this stance of Teheran was voiced Saturday by Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Safari during his meeting with Vasily Sredin, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister. Safari informed Sredin of a verbal invitation by Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamal Kharazi to Igor Ivanov in which principal approaches of the Iranian side to the Middle East problem and Iranian-Iraqi relations were described. The Ambassador gave a high appraisal to Russia's settlement efforts in the region. The parties noted a high level of Russian-Iranian political dialogue, reiterated closeness of their positions on major international and regional problems.

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