Main Russia-Iran treaty continues to be effective

(MENAFN) Iran's President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian has reassured Russian President Vladimir Putin that the stalled comprehensive cooperation treaty between their nations will soon be finalized and signed, local media reported.

The treaty, aimed at strengthening bilateral relations, faced delays following the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the life of Pezeshkian's predecessor, Ebrahim Raisi, in May. During a congratulatory call from Putin following Pezeshkian's election victory last week, the Iranian leader expressed confidence in progressing the treaty. He indicated that his incoming government will build upon the groundwork laid by Raisi's administration.

According to reports from ISNA news agency on Tuesday, Pezeshkian expects the treaty to be formally signed during the upcoming BRICS summit in Kazan, which Russia is set to host in October. BRICS, a coalition of non-Western economies advocating for a multipolar world order, provides a significant backdrop for the treaty's signing.

Previously, Russian officials confirmed that the treaty's text had been mutually agreed upon by both nations. However, certain procedural and legislative steps within Iran needed completion before finalizing the agreement, as noted by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last month.

During their discussion, Pezeshkian assured Putin of Iran's commitment to strengthening ties not only with Russia but also with Eurasian integration organizations like BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Iran became a member of the SCO in 2022, and recently, the security group welcomed Belarus as its tenth permanent member, underscoring Iran's strategic engagement in regional and global affairs.



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