Meeting with Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf

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Taking part in the meeting were Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko and Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Ghalibaf, friends, I am delighted to welcome you to St Petersburg.

I am sure that your work at this event, BRICS’ interparliamentary dimension, will be very useful. More importantly, it comes at the right moment.

Iran is beginning its work as a full member of this association. This makes us happy. We worked together to organise Iran’s accession.

Russia and Iran are making considerable progress in their relations. Iran recently held a presidential election. I hope and I have no doubt that Russia-Iran relations will develop at the same steady pace as they did under Mr Raisi, whose passing we all mourn. The inauguration of the President-elect of Iran will be held soon. Your colleague, Mr Volodin, will lead the Russian delegation at that event.

I am happy to see you, and I would like to ask you to convey our best wishes to the spiritual leader of Iran and to the Iranian nation as a whole.

To be continued.

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