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    TEHRAN, March 18, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Nikolai Terekhov) -Mayor Akhmadi Nejad of Tehran has called for further cooperation between Moscow and Tehran, diplomatic sources told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

    "Moscow and Tehran have a good potential for developing their relations and cooperation in the fields of earthquake resistant construction, city transport and waste recycling," Mr. Nejad said at his meeting with the Russian ambassador to Iran, Alexander Maryasov.

    Mr. Nejad applauded the reelection of Yury Luzhkov as Mayor of Moscow in December 2003 and was glad to learn that Mr. Luzhkov plans to visit Tehran, a source told RIA Novosti.

    According to the source, during the meeting Mr. Maryasov confirmed that Russia is ready to develop cooperation with Iran. "Trade turnover between Russia and Iran exceeded $1 billion last year. This index grew by 70% in the last few years," he said.

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