Iran says ties with Russia ‘strategic‘

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he speaks during a meeting with students in Tehran, Iran, October 18, 2017. REUTERS

TEHRAN (Xinhua) – Tehran and Moscow need to bolster their “strategic” cooperation in the face of US hegemony, a senior adviser to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday.

“The current (regional and global) situation is very critical and the world is under the hegemony of a wayward person, the US president, who defies international regulations,” Ali Akbar Velayati said upon arrival in Moscow.

“Therefore, it is necessary that the cooperation (between Iran and Russia) to be increased,” Mr Velayati was quoted as saying.

He also praised cooperation between the two countries in the international arena, including Syria issue, Iran nuclear deal, as well as on defense, economic and security sectors.

He expressed the hope that his visit to Russia would be a turning point in bilateral ties.

Iran has also made moves to align closer with China, with Velayati expected to visit Beijing in the near future,

Mr Velayati visited Moscow on Wednesday to deliver messages from the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Russian President Vladimir Putin

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