Mohammad Aref, vice-president of the Islamic Republic of Iran stated at the meeting with Nikolai Dobretsov, chairman of the Association of Asian Academies of Sciences who attended a scientific conference in Tehran that Russia occupied a particular place in the Iranian foreign policy.
The statement of Aref published on Saturday declared that "in its foreign policy strategy Tehran considers Moscow to be a good cooperation partner and companion in various spheres." The Iranian vice-president specially stressed Russian-Iranian scientific interaction and stated that "Russian-Iranian scientific relations are the basic component of all areas of bilateral relations." In the opinion of Aref, presently countries of the East were as technologically developed as Western countries and the East started to intensively study scientific technologies then in the future it would not be inferior to Western states.
The vice-premier of the Islamic Republic of Iran also stated that Iran was prepared to cooperate with Russian scientific and research institutes and academies to increase its scientific potential.