Russian FM to visit Iran soon
TEHRAN, April 1 (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov is to visit
Iran in the "near future" for talks on strengthening ties, the
official IRNA news agency reported Thursday.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov announced the visit during
talks in Moscow on Wednesday with his Iranian counterpart Morteza Sarmadi.
Mamedov said Moscow would "continue efforts to end the Kosovo crisis"
adding that Iran, as chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference,
could play a "highly constructive" role in global developments,
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi asked Russia at the weekend to
intervene with the Yugoslav government to end the repression of Moslems
Earlier this month, Moscow announced it had decided to cut back nuclear
cooperation with Iran and expected the United States to lift sanctions
against Russian institutes accused of supplying Tehran with sensitive technical
The United States has opposed Moscow's decision to develop a nuclear
reactor at Bushehr on the Gulf.
Tehran has said it is nevertheless confident its nuclear cooperation
with Moscow would continue.