Rouhani, Putin Discuss Regional Issues on Phone

Rouhani, Putin Discuss Regional Issues on PhoneRouhani, Putin Discuss Regional Issues on Phone

President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone conversation on Monday discussed a number of regional issues, including the latest developments in Iraq and Syria.

"We are very serious about Syria's issue and believe that the world is now focused on the Astana [peace process] talks and Iran's constructive cooperation," quoted Rouhani as saying.

Pointing to the controversial Kurdish secession vote in Iraq, the president highlighted the  crucial importance of Iraq's territorial integrity. The Russian leader reiterated his country’s support for the central government in Baghdad and Iraq’s territorial integrity.

Rouhani held separate phone calls with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Sunday to discuss the secession vote.

He added that the presidents of Iran, Russia and the Republic of Azerbaijan would  meet in Tehran  in the near future to discuss issues of common interest.

“We attach significance to trilateral relations among Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan,” the president was quoted as saying.

Putin also indicated Moscow’s resolve to boost cooperation with Iran and said the timely and efficient implementation of development projects currently underway between the two countries would help promote ties.

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