Rouhani, Putin discuss Syria, nuclear deal on phone

Rouhani, Putin discuss Syria, nuclear deal on phone
Date : 2017/08/15 - 17:10

(Persia digest)- In a telephone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed energy projects and the situation in Syria, the Kremlin said in a statement on Monday.

The Kremlin official website said the telephone call took place at Iran’s initiative.

Putin congratulated Rouhani on his inauguration ceremony on August 5 and wished him success in his continued work as president of Iran.

The two presidents discussed bilateral cooperation results, including the state of progress in joint oil and gas, electricity, and transport projects, and examined a number of issues on the international agenda.

Rouhani pointed to cordial relations between Tehran and Moscow and stressed the importance of further developing bilateral cooperation, particularly in trade and economic sectors.

Referring to the existing situation in the region, he emphasized that Iran and Russia must hold more consultations on resolving regional issues and especially on fighting terrorism.

The Iranian chief executive also stated that the landmark nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015, was a multilateral deal and emphasized that recent US measures were in violation of the agreement.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always been committed to all its obligations and reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have verified this reality,” Rouhani said, according to PressTV.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany reached the JCPOA on July 14, 2015 and began implementing it in January 2016. Under the agreement, limits were put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related bans against the Islamic Republic. The UN Security Council later unanimously endorsed Resolution 2231 that effectively turned the JCPOA into international law.

The IAEA has on multiple occasions confirmed Iran’s adherence to its commitments under the JCPOA.

Iran, Russia efforts bring stability to region

The Russian president, for his part, said his country’s economic activists and investors were keen to participate in Iran’s infrastructural projects and called for the implementation of agreements previously signed between the two countries.

Putin highlighted the need for Tehran and Moscow to boost cooperation in various fields, adding, “Fortunately, due to the efforts made by Iran and Russia, we are currently witnessing good achievements with respect to restoring stability to the region.”

He noted that the IAEA had verified Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA and emphasized that violation of the deal by any side would be a breach of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

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