Iran says Russia priority technology partner

Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian minister of communications and information technology, says Russia is Iran’s priority partner in achieving new technologies.
Iran says it considers cooperating with Russia in the field of new technologies as its priority.
"Under equal conditions, Russia is Iran’s first choice for cooperation on new technologies such as Digital Economy and Internet of Things," Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian minister of communications and information technology, was quoted by media as saying.
Vaezi also called for the expansion of economic and technological cooperation between the two countries.
He made the remarks after a meeting with the Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov. 
The two met each other to discuss issues of mutual interest on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
Vaezi held a series of top-level meetings to discuss Iran-Russia economy cooperation during his stay in St. Petersburg.
On Thursday, he met Veronika Nikishina, the minister of trade of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) to study a free trade agreement between Iran and the Russia-led single market.
Vazei also on Saturday met Alexander Novak, Russia’s energy minister, to review Tehran-Moscow relations in the area of energy.
Both later oversaw the signing of an agreement to prepare a roadmap to expand mutual cooperation in the area of energy. 
Russia has already signed basic agreements to implement several projects in Iran’s energy as well as transportation sectors. 
Those projects include the construction of a thermal power plant in Iran’s southern city of Bandar Abbas, the electrification of Iran’s Garmsar-Inceburun railway as well as a major regional transit project in which Russia, Iran, Georgia and Armenia are involved. 

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