Jan 9, 2014, 5:58 PM
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Rouhani, Putin talk on phone

Tehran, Jan 9, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed regional and international issues in a telephone conversation late Thursday.

According to the presidential office, the two presidents reviewed the current developments in the region, especially issues pertaining to Syria, Iraq, terrorism and extremism as well as ways for bolstering bilateral ties.

President Rouhani expressed pleasure with the implementation of the agreements reached in the context of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Bishkek in the fields of economy, industry and defense.

Efforts to make Iran-Russia ties strategic and enhance the level of relations on the basis of mutual interests and long-term cooperation will bring security, stability and sustainability in the region, Rouhani said.

Referring to the nuclear deal reached between Iran and Group 5+1 in Geneva on November 24, he stressed the need for both sides to remain committed to the context of the deal.

President Rouhani hoped that certain countries which are seeking excuses and create obstacles in the trend of negotiations would respect their commitments and avoid creating bottlenecks which means they have distanced from their initial goodwill.

"Continuance of Russia's positive role will pave the ground for accelerating finalization of the deal," he said.

If terrorism is not suppressed and if no concerted efforts are made in line with making the world free from violence and extremism, and if certain countries continue to provide military aid to terrorist groups, regional and global security will be endangered, Rouhani said.

The president voiced readiness of the Islamic Republic of Iran to cooperate with Russia in international campaign against terrorism seriously.

Meanwhile, President Putin referred to SCO Summit held in Bishkek and said that efforts are underway to implement Tehran-Moscow deals.

The co-chairmen of Iran-Russia joint economic commission have taken good steps to achieve the intended goals.

"I believe that Iran's constructive and leading role contributed a lot to finalizing nuclear deal," Putin said.

As to international conference on Syria due to be held in Switzerland about the humanitarian pligt of the Syrian people, Putin said that Iran as a main player must attend the Syria confab in the Swiss city.

"We consider any precondition for Iran's presence in the confab on Syria not working and unconstructive," the Russian president maintained.

President Putin hoped that the western governments must be able to convince their allies over Iran's presence in conference on Syria.

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