No time limit for Raisi-Putin meeting: Envoy

In an interview with Tasnim on Wednesday, Kazem Jalali commented on Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s current visit to Moscow.

He stressed that the upcoming talks between Raisi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will not be time-limited.

“The idea that ‘two hours are allocated for the meeting’ is not correct, because the meeting could last longer,” the envoy said, adding that the two presidents will decide how long the talks will last.

Asked about a comprehensive cooperation agreement between Iran and Russia, Jalali said the draft agreement has been prepared, but negotiations on its details need more time.

“The generalities and the fact that we are going to enter into a long-term agreement have been agreed, but it has not yet reached the stage of discussing the details. This will be done in the future,” noted the ambassador, hoping that the two countries will come to a conclusion in due time.

During his two-day trip, the Iranian president will deliver a speech to the State Duma, meet Iranian nationals residing in Russia and hold talks with Russian economic activists.

The Iranian president is accompanied by the ministers of foreign affairs, oil and economy on the trip.

This is Raisi’s third trip abroad since taking office in August 2021. He has previously visited Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

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