Samarkand, 15 September 2022 (TDI): The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin met the President of Iran Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi in Samarkand Uzbekistan, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit 2022.

Both Presidents met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan during the SCO Summit meeting on Thursday.

Statement of Russian President:

Both Presidents gave statements on the bilateral relations between Russia and Iran.

The President of Russia stated, “Relations between Russia and Iran are developing in all areas that have taken shape over many years.

Just as you and I had agreed, we have done everything possible to make Iran a full-fledged member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. Our SCO partners supported your application. Following the last formality, and indeed this is a formality; Iran will join this serious, large and influential international organization. We are very happy to see this.

Bilateral cooperation, including high-tech cooperation, also continues to develop. As you know, the Khayyam remote sensing satellite, developed by Russian enterprises as per your request, was lifted from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on August 9.

We are finalizing a new major Russian-Iranian treaty that will elevate our relations to the level of strategic partnership. Inter-regional ties continue to develop. We cooperate actively on the international scene, and we have close or coinciding views (as diplomats say) on many issues.

I recall how Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, warmly received us in Tehran not so long ago. Many projects are making headway thanks to his support. I would like to ask you to convey my best wishes to him.

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Statement of President of Iran:

The President of Iran stated in response to the Russian President, “I am again very happy to have this opportunity to meet with you. And I feel very flattered that you said that since our last meeting our agreements have been successfully implemented, they are being put into effect.

Thank you very much, and I want to thank the Russian Federation for your support of Iran’s full-fledged membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

As for the bilateral agenda, we have the necessary will to develop these relations. You know, our relations are not ordinary; they are strategic and have a strategic value. We need to develop our cooperation in the political, economic, commercial areas, in aeronautics and space exploration.

Your visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran was successful. We met with each other there, and you also had a meeting with our Supreme Leader. Following that meeting, the Supreme Leader, His Holiness, gave us instructions and we are implementing them in full.

All issues on the bilateral agenda are under the auspices of the Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as the Foreign Minister. We should do concrete work on the issue of holding a meeting of the intergovernmental commission of the Islamic Republic and the Russian Federation. It is necessary to implement the existing agreements and turn them into practical deeds as soon as possible.”