Iranian FM Zarif says Rouhani, Putin to discuss bilateral relations in Kyrgyzstan
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Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Russian president Vladimir Putin will be meeting in Kyrgyzstan on the sidelines of a regional summit, Mehr reported.
Rouhani and Putin will meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.
Iran, along with Afghanistan, India, Mongolia, and Pakistan, has an observer status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The regional body is an intergovernmental security organization that was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Zarif also noted that Rouhani and Putin will discuss regional issues as well.
Speaking further about the nuclear talks between Iran and 5+1 group, Zarif noted that the the group must use its political will within the framework of Iran's nuclear rights.
"The international community must should recognize the peaceful intentions of Iran's nuclear program officially," Zarif said.
Answering a question about possibility of nuclear program related issues being transferred from Iran's Supreme National Security Council to the Foreign Ministry, Zarif said there's no concrete decision yet made, and the president of Iran will address this issue at a later stage.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.