TEHRAN, Jan. 27 (MNA) – Iran and Russian Federation have signed an agreement which will ease visa issuance for Iranians and Russians visiting the other country.
The agreement asserts that specific class of citizens of both countries will receive privileges which will ease visa issuance for them. The Media and Public Diplomacy of Iran’s embassy in Moscow report said that the agreement had been signed during Vladimir Putin’s visit to Tehran earlier in 2015 with President Rouhani.
The agreement cites tradesmen, students, and participants in cultural and scientific events will be the beneficiaries of the agreement. Nikolay Levichev, Vice-Speaker of the Russian State Duma, has proposed that visa requirement be removed for visitors of Russia and Iran. Russian foreign minister issued a statement on Monday, announcing that the agreement to ease visa issuance would take effect on February 6. “The agreement between both countries signed November 23, 2015 will go into effect February 6.”
The statement expressed hopes that the agreement would improve relations with Iran in all fields of cooperation. During his meeting with Morteza Rahmani Movahed, Tourism Deputy of Cultural Heritage Organization, Oleg Safonov, Head of Russia's Tourism Agency, had said that he had made the proposal to ease visa issuance for Iranian and Russian tourists to Russian Foreign Ministry. “I think the proposal would considerably ease the visiting to Iran and Russia by nationals of both countries,” he was quoted as saying, which was welcomed by Rahmani Movahed, who agreed to make similar proposal to Iran’s Foreign Ministry. Mehdi Sanaei, Iran’s Ambassador to Moscow had announced that Iran welcomed unilateral removing of visa requirement for Russian visitors to Iran to facilitate travel by Russians.
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