Iran ready to abolish visa for Russians, says Minister

Tehran, : Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday Tehran is ready to abolish visas for Russians and added that the first step could be a visa-free regime for business trips. Iran’s top diplomat met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Tehran on Thursday. “We have good relations on the issue of full liberalization of visas, we discussed this issue. In the Islamic Republic of Iran, we express our full readiness to announce the abolition of visas on a reciprocal basis and take the necessary steps. The first step is to completely abolish visa requirements for businessmen, we also discussed this issue. Our experts will soon finalize these issues,” Amir-Abdollahian told a press conference. This comes as Lavrov met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi shortly after arriving in Tehran on an official visit. During his two-day trip at the invitation of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Lavrov is scheduled to meet senior Iranian officials to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, Xinhua news agency reported. Iranian state media said they will also discuss issues concerning Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan, trade and energy cooperation, as well as expansion of cooperation between Tehran and the regions of Eurasia and Caucasus.