Sep 2, 2019, 4:49 PM
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FM says Int'l community to benefit from Iran- Russia cooperation

Moscow, Sept 2, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that all out cooperation between Tehran and Moscow will be to the benefit of two countries, entire region and the world.

Speaking in a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Zarif said Iran-Russia joint economic cooperation commission play major role in developing relations between the two parties. 

Despite the fact that US has created impediments for Russia and China, Iranian diplomats went to France to discuss Europeans' commitments under the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Zarif said expressing satisfaction over Iran-Russia relations.   

Iran will certainly start the third step of scaling down its nuclear-related commitment if Europe cannot implement its commitments in due time, Zarif noted.

Zarif heading a high-ranking delegation arrived in Moscow on Sunday.

He met with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Monday to review the latest developments about implementation of the JCPOA, the Persian Gulf, Syria, Afghanistan as well as Yemen.

During the visit, two sides discussed mutual cooperation in economy, commerce, energy, transportation and culture.

Referring to good relations between Iran and Russia, Zarif said that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will hold two meetings until the end of the current year.

He also gave importance to the meeting of chairmen of Iran-Russia economic commissions.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Iranian top diplomat referred to Iran's special relations with Russia and China, saying they are Iran's strategic allies.

Despite US illegal pressures, Russia and China have developed economic cooperation with Iran, Zarif noted.

The Syrian constitutional committee is about to be formed upon a consensus of Iran, Russia, Turkey and the Syrian parties, he said adding that Iran-Russia-Turkey upcoming summit will serve as a good opportunity for settlement of the Syrian issues.

He went on to say that Iran and Russia have close positions with regard to safeguarding the Persian Gulf.

Tehran believes that security will be obtained through cooperation not confrontation, Zarif said adding that unfortunately US decision to deploy military forces to the region will escalate tensions.

Referring to his talks with Russian side on shipping in the Persian Gulf and also its security, Zarif said Iran is ready to propose its initiatives for safeguarding the region.

Iran is also ready to sign non-aggression agreement with neighboring countries, Zarif added.

The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the Russian plan for maintaining security in the Persian Gulf, he added.

Elaborating on regional topics discussed by the Russian officials, Zarif underlined the importance of security in Afghanistan saying Daesh terrorists threaten security of Afghanistan.

He added the US is misusing conditions in Afghanistan and is following its short-sighted objectives in this country.

He also pointed to his negotiations with Lavrov on Yemen and Palestine issues and rejected the so-called 'Deal of Century'.

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