Sep 17, 2021, 1:08 PM
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Iran FM underlines expansion of all-out ties with Russia

Tehran, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Friday, emphasizing the need for all-out relations between Moscow and Tehran.

In the meeting, held on the sidelines of the 21st Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tajikistan's Dushanbe, Amirabdollahian expressed readiness to develop friendly ties with Russia.

The Iranian top diplomat further referred to the current sophisticated situation in Afghanistan, which is a repercussion of irresponsible and scandalous withdrawal of American military forces from the war-stricken country, noting that the US administration should be held accountable for the existing condition in Afghanistan.

Lavrov, for his part, congratulated his counterpart for his appointment as the minister of foreign affairs of Iran, inviting the newly-appointed minister to visit Moscow and continue bilateral consultations.

Representatives of four neighboring states of Afghanistan (Russia, China, Pakistan, and Iran) held some meetings in recent days. The four states are trying to exert their positive influence to help Afghanistan find a proper way to establish an inclusive government and consolidate security and stability in the war-torn country.

Foreign ministers of these four states, who are present in the SCO summit, discussed the issue of Afghanistan on the sidelines of the event.

The 21st summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) opened in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Friday, with participation of heads of 12 member and observer states, including Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon along with top officials from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Iran are present in the event, while presidents of Russia, China, India, and Mongolia take part in the summit via video conference.

The SCO consists of eight permanent member states, including India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia and Uzbekistan. Four states of Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia are still observer members and six countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey, and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an effective regional and intra-state organization, which was established by leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in 2001.

The 21st summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will come to an end on September 17.


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