TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday discussed the expansion of economic cooperation, particularly in the energy and transportation sectors.
In a phone call on Wednesday evening, Raisi said the constant expansion of economic cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, especially in the transportation and energy sectors, will help establish useful relations between the two nations and regional countries, according to the website of the Iranian president's office.
The two sides also exchanged views on enhancing political cooperation as well as regional and international issues of common interest.
He said Iran has always stressed the necessity of promoting regional convergence, noting that only through cooperation and coordination, regional problems, such as those in the Caucasus region and Syria, can be resolved.
The Iranian president also highlighted efforts to solve Syria's problems within the framework of the Astana process -- launched in 2017 at the initiative of Iran, Russia and Turkey, noting that Tehran has always warned against the detrimental presence of foreign powers in the region.
Shifting to the war in Ukraine, Raisi voiced Iran's readiness to play an "active and constructive" role to help end the conflict and establish peace in the European country.
Putin, for his part, described as "very useful" the enhancement of all-out economic cooperation between Russia and Iran, adding expanding the two sides' capacities and cooperation in different fields, including the areas of transportation and energy, will be in the interests of the economies of entire Eurasia.
He welcomed Iran's initiative to help secure peace in Ukraine, calling for further coordination to resolve Syria's problems within the framework of the Astana process. ■