Zarif Hails “Pos­i­tive” Talks With Putin

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TEHRAN (Tas­nim) – Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif de­scribed as sub­stan­tial and pos­i­tive his meet­ing with Rus­sian President Vladimir Putin, say­ing they dis­cussed Tehran-Moscow ties, the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA), and re­gional is­sues, in­clud­ing Syria.

The top Ira­nian diplo­mat met with Putin in Rus­sia’s south­west­ern city of Sochi on Wed­nes­day evening, dur­ing his ten-hour trip to Rus­sia.

Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter­ward, Zarif de­scribed the gath­er­ing, also at­tended by Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov, as “sub­stan­tial and pos­i­tive.”

One of the main top­ics dis­cussed in the meet­ing was the cri­sis in Syria, Zarif noted, say­ing Iran and Rus­sia work in close co­op­er­a­tion in the fight against ter­ror­ism.

He then added that Iran, Rus­sia and Turkey would keep work­ing on ways to set­tle the cri­sis in Syria by launch­ing the next round of peace ne­go­ti­a­tions in the Kazakh city of As­tana. As re­gards the JCPOA, the 2015 nu­clear agree­ment be­tween Iran and the Group 5+1 (Rus­sia, China, the US, Bri­tain, France and Ger­many), Zarif said Tehran and Moscow both main­tain that the ac­cord is non­nego­tiable and that all par­ties to the deal should honor their un­der­tak­ings. “The Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran has so far ful­filled all its com­mit­ments con­cern­ing the JCPOA, but un­for­tu­nately cer­tain sides have not stayed com­mit­ted as they should. To­day, we stress that this (the JCPOA) is an in­ter­na­tional and mul­ti­lat­eral agree­ment and that all sides should ad­here to it,” he added.

He also noted that the two sides talked about the en­hance­ment of the re­la­tions be­tween Tehran and Moscow in dif­fer­ent fields, as in the de­fense in­dus­try, nu­clear en­ergy, trans­porta­tion, and en­ergy sec­tor. Lavrov also told re­porters that Iran has lived up to its com­mit­ments un­der the JCPOA.

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