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18:08 | 2012-11-11

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Iranian Deputy FM to Start Regional Tour Tomorrow

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Seyed Abbas Araqchi is scheduled to go on a bi-nation tour of Turkmenistan and Russia on Monday.

Araqchi will start his two-day travel to Turkmenistan on Monday to discuss bilateral ties and explore avenues for the further expansion of mutual cooperation between the two neighboring states.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister will then leave Ashkhabad for Moscow to take part in a deputy foreign ministers conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Afghanistan.

Also during his two-day-long stay in Moscow, Araqchi plans to confer on Iran-Russia relations and other issues of mutual interest in meetings with senior Russian officials.

Iran and Russia enjoy a special position on the international scene. The two states have long held constant consultations on key regional and global issues.

Russian officials have on various occasions reiterated their country's strong opposition to fresh sanctions against Iran, and urged a negotiated end to the differences between Iran and the West.

Moscow has always voiced strong support for Iran's nuclear rights and sought to act as a mediator or facilitator to resolve the nuclear standoff between Iran and the West.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.