Regional Coop. With Russia Fruitful

Regional Coop. With Russia FruitfulRegional Coop. With Russia Fruitful

A senior diplomat said "effective and stabilizing" cooperation between Tehran and Moscow on West Asian issues is highly fruitful. Hossein Jaberi Ansari, deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, made the statement in a meeting with Executive Director of Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Leonid Reshetnikov in Moscow on Wednesday, IRNA reported.

"The positive consequences of Iran-Russia cooperation are becoming more visible day by day in the region," he said.

Ansari said there is immense potential for closer cooperation between Iran and Russia, as two influential players in the international arena.

"Tehran has a firm will for developing wide-ranging ties with Moscow," he said.

Reshetnikov said regional convergence between Tehran and Moscow is valuable.

"Iran and Russia have abundant commonalities and with closer interaction, they can bring many opportunities to promote the interests of the two countries and West Asian nations," he said.

The deputy foreign minister, heading a political delegation, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the latest developments in Syria.

Later on Wednesday, he was to meet Russian Deputy Foreign Minister for Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov.

The visit follows the nationwide ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia and the US last Friday, which went into effect on Monday and was to hold for one week.

A Russian diplomat said on Tuesday that Russia has no disagreements with Iran on Syria ceasefire, according to the Russian RIA Novosti news agency.

Russian Foreign Ministry's Director of the Second Asian Department Zamir Kabulov also said Bogdanov will discuss the ceasefire agreement on Syria with his Iranian counterpart, Ansari.

Iran and Russia back the Syrian government in its five-year battle with foreign-backed terrorists seeking to topple it.