President Rouhani: Tehran-Moscow confidence in enhancing cooperation unprecedented

Tehran, Sept 8, IRNA- During a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, President Hassan Rouhani said the two governments' mutual confidence in the development of bilateral, regional and international cooperation is unprecedented.

Referring to the friendly and expanding relations between the two countries, especially in recent years, Hassan Rouhani said, 'The relations and the cooperation between Iran and Russia have fortunately been in line with the strategic relations of the two countries.'

He expressed satisfaction with holding the third Iran, Russia and Turkey summit on Syria crisis, saying, maybe a few years ago, no politician would believe these three countries would be able to play a significant role in the regional disaster.

President Rouhani noted the tripartite talks among Iran, Russia and Turkey can be a good example of how to resolve other regional problems, adding the Syria crisis is regrettable, however Iran-Russia cooperation with the Syrian people, army and government is important in the fight against terrorism.

He went on to say Iran-Russia cooperation in combating terrorism and defeating the largest and the most dangerous terrorist group was not only in the interest of the Syrian people but also in favor of all nations around the world.

President Rouhani appreciated Russia's role in sustaining JCPOA and the other parties' commitment to its implementation and said despite the illegal and unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear deal, he hoped the other parties would support the deal and fulfill their commitments.

Iran's president stated they should take advantage of new opportunities to boost relations and promote multilateralism, adding the development of banking and brokerage relations between Iran and Russia will play a major role in expanding bilateral trade and economic ties.

Rouhani also stressed the efforts of the two countries' officials to accelerate the implementation of the agreements and to enhance cooperation in various sectors, including energy, joint investment in the construction of power plants, railways and infrastructure projects, and economic, scientific and technological fields.

The summit of Iran, Russia, and Tturkey presidents was held in Tehran on Friday as a follow-up to the Astana meeting held in Kazakhstan in mid-March.

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