TEHRAN, December 11. / TASS /. Tehran and Moscow are close to completing their work on a 20-year comprehensive cooperation agreement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Saturday.
“We have established a new program of the Foreign Ministry, a roadmap to reach 20-year agreements with our neighboring countries. The process is almost finished with Russia,” the Iranian Labor News Agency said ( HE HAS NOT).
The diplomat added that the document was similar to the 25-year comprehensive cooperation agreement between Iran and China.
On November 16, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said in a phone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin that Iran was ready to reach a long-term agreement on comprehensive cooperation with Russia. The Treaty on the Basis of Mutual Relations and Principles of Cooperation between Russia and Iran, signed in March 2001, has been automatically extended every five years. On September 24, 2020, then Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a visit to Moscow that before further extending the document, Tehran would like to consider the possibility of updating it.
On March 27, Iran’s and Chinese top diplomats signed a 25-year agreement on comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, which includes economic and cultural interaction.