TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Russian President
Vladimir Putin has sent a message on expanding mutual ties to Iran's Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.
The message was submitted on Sunday to Khamenei by Russia's Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov, who arrived
in Tehran Saturday night for talks with Iranian officials, IRNA said.
During his meeting with Ivanov, Khamenei said that
Iran and Russia can serve as partners in the political, economic, regional and
"The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes all-out
promotion of relations with Russia, believing that capacity for expansion of
ties between the two sides is higher than expected," Khamenei was quoted as
The Iranian supreme leader pointed out that Iran and
Russia hold half of the world's total gas reserves and "the two countries
through mutual cooperation can establish an organization of gas exporting
countries like the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)."
For his part, Ivanov said that Putin believes the two
countries should use all their capacities for promotion of strategic relations
and cooperation at bilateral, regional and international levels.
Calling his talks in Tehran "positive," Ivanov said
Moscow believes prospect of cooperation between the two countries is "very good
However, the IRNA report did not mention whether
Khamenei and Ivanov discussed Iran's controversial nuclear issue, although the
Russian security chief's visit came amid increasing international tension over
Tehran's atomic program.
During his visit on Sunday, Ivanov had also held
talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Foreign Minister Manouchehr
Mottaki and Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani.
In his meeting with Mottaki, Ivanov stressed his
country's pledge to complete Bushehr nuclear power plant project on the
scheduled date, according to IRNA's earlier report.