Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met with Parviz Dawudi, the First Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
30 october 2008
Parviz Dawudi. Thank you for your kind words. The Supreme Leader and the President of Iran regard your participation in the summit of the Caspian heads of state as a turning point in the history of our relations. Our relations began to develop more intensively than ever after your visit, and a dynamic dialogue started in many economic fields. You said wonderful words then-that a strong Iran would not undermine regional security and would, in fact, promote the interests of all neighbouring countries. We, on our part, also want to say that a strong Russia not merely promotes the interests and answers the hopes of the region but also coincides with the expectations of the whole world. Though our economic contacts are strong, the current global developments and the overall economic situation demand a more active and effective partnership.