Iranian ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali and the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky met on Tuesday.

Iran Press/Europe: Iranian ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali on Tuesday morning met with the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky and discussed ways to boost economic and trade exchanges between Iran and Russia.

They also stressed the need to expand parliamentary relations and continue to work closely on regional and international issues, especially in Syria.

Leonid Slutsky has condemned the assassination of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani stating that "the Russian parliament expresses deep sympathy of Russian people over the painful loss of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and the killing of a number of Iranian and non-Iranian civilians in the recent air crash."

Referring to the Iranian Armed Forces' act of accepting responsibility for the incident of Ukranian plane crash and officially apologizing in this regard, Russian official said, "This courageous act and accepting an unintentional mistake in targeting the Ukrainian plane shows the honesty of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Armed Forces, because Americans have been involved in numerous similar incidents including targeting an Iranian passenger plane or dozens of similar incidents in Iraq in the past, which caused to the death of hundreds of innocent lives in the pretext of human mistake in war, and they never accepted responsibility or apologized for that."

Iranian Ambassador to Moscow also praised the Russian authorities' principled stance on the recent heartbreaking incident and the US' cruel act of assassinating Lieutenant General Soleimani and his companions, adding that "The will of Tehran and Moscow to develop and strengthen relations in all aspects is quite serious and the process of bilateral cooperation is on the path of extraordinary progress."


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