"Relations between Iran and Russia should not be confined to the governmental level," Maleki said in a meeting to discuss cultural relations and their impact on political ties. The meeting was held at the University of Tehran's Faculty of World Studies, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Grounds should be paved for developing political relations through other strategies such as expanding cultural relations, the Iranian diplomat stated.
"One of the means for the peoples of the two countries to get to know each other is through development of tourism which can bring about conditions for establishing strong cultural bonds," Maleki said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message to a conference in Tehran in late January to mark 515 years of Iran-Russia ties, called for diversification of relations between the two countries, which he said will contribute to peace and stability in Central Asia and the Middle East.
Pointing to the ups and downs in more than five centuries of political interaction between Iran and Russia, Zarif said the two neighbors should maintain broad relations and try to diversify and promote ties in all dimensions.
The conference could pave the way for closer cultural interaction and stronger links between the two peoples, the top Iranian diplomat said the time.