TEHERAN, December 11 / TASS /. Tehran and Moscow are close to finalizing their work on a 20-year comprehensive cooperation agreement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Saturday.
“We have drawn up a new program for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a roadmap for concluding 20-year agreements with our neighboring countries. The process with Russia is almost complete,” the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) quoted him as saying.
The diplomat added that the document was similar to Iran’s 25-year comprehensive cooperation agreement with China.
On November 16, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Iran was ready to sign 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, was automatically renewed every five years. On September 24, 2020, the then Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a visit to Moscow that Tehran would consider the possibility of an update before renewing the extension of the document.
On March 27, the top diplomats of Iran and China signed a 25-year agreement of comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, which includes economic and cultural interactions.