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10:39 26.07.2001
text: Caspian news agency
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Newly designated Russian Ambassador to Tehran, Alexander Maryasov, here on Tuesday evening presented his credentials to President Mohammad Khatami, IRNA reports.

Describing Tehran-Moscow ties as "friendly," the president stressed that the two countries' bilateral cooperation can contribute to the establishment of peace, security, stability and tranquility in the entire region.

Referring to the recent exchange of visits between the two countries' senior officials, he said that prospects for Iran-Russia cooperation are very bright.

The Iranian president expressed his appreciation to the envoy for the great efforts made by Russia in putting into operation the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, adding that such cooperation is a good example of the close links enjoyed by the two states.

Conveying President Vladimir Putin's message to the Iranian president for the latter's re-election to office, the new Russian ambassador stressed that Moscow is interested in an all-out expansion of relations with the Islamic Republic.

Maryasov said that he will do his best to further promote Tehran-Moscow ties during his mission in Tehran, and stressed that expansion of bilateral cooperation will benefit both sides.

He also welcomed exchange of visits between the two countries' officials and said that bilateral talks at the regional and international levels would benefit their interests.

The Russian envoy also praised President Khatami for his initiative of "dialogue among civilizations," saying it can contribute to the settling of problems facing the world.

President Khatami, it is to be recalled, paid an official visit to Moscow in March 2001. The trip, lauded as "highly successful," resulted in numerous agreements inked by the two sides.

One of such significant agreements signed by the two leaders during the Iranian president's four-day trip to Moscow was on the controversial issue of a legal regime to govern the strategic Caspian Sea that is a bone of contention among the five littoral states - Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

Iran and Russia agreed to oppose foreign forces trying to impose their presence in the Caspian Sea or unilateral agreements intended to lay oil pipelines underneath its waters.