Vladimir Putin met with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei upon the Russian president’s arrival in Tehran to attend the Gas Exporting Countries Forum. Putin reportedly made a gift of a rare handwritten Quran to Iran’s leader.

Vladimir Putin and Ayatollah Khamenei

Vladimir Putin and Ayatollah Khamenei

This is Putin’s second trip to Iran. His first was in 2007. when he attended the Caspian Sea Littoral States Meeting.

On his one-day trip to Tehran today, Putin was also to attend the GECF meeting and, on the sidelines there, meet with Iranian President Hassan Rohani.

Sputnik reported that Vladimir Putin has now signed the document lifting restrictions and prohibitions on nuclear cooperation with Iran as part of the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the 5+1 in July.

In addition to lifting the ban on the sale of equipment, technology and goods related to importing enriched uranium, the document will open the door to cooperation in joint nuclear ventures.