Iran calls for closer cooperation with Russia in regional, international affairs
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 29
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran called for closer cooperation with Russia in regional and international affairs.
Head of Iran's Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati made the statement in a meeting with Director of Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Leonid Reshetnikov in Tehran, IRNA news agency reported Sept. 29.
The recent developments in the region and in other countries necessitate a closer cooperation between the two countries, Velayati said. Iran and Russia as two neighboring countries have common interests, he added.
The Russian official, for his part, said that Iran is the sole partner of Russia in regional and international issues.
"We will attempt to remove obstacles to boost economic cooperation with Iran," he added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in separate speeches before the General Assembly, blamed the United States for the war in Syria and said any solution must include Assad and his regime.
"We think it is an enormous mistake to refuse to work with the Syrian government and its armed forces," Putin said.
Iran's Rouhani, in his speech, said action to combat extremism in the Middle East should be modeled on the recent Iran nuclear agreement. He said democratic governance should wait until stability is reached in the region through dialogue and cooperation with established central governments.
"And once that's established, build democratic governance in the Middle East region," Rouhani said.
Edited by CN