Rouhani, Putin Dis­cuss Lat­est Int’l, Re­gional Is­sues

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TEHRAN (ISNA) - Pres­i­dents of the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran and the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion had a con­ver­sa­tion on the tele­phone and dis­cussed the lat­est in­ter­na­tional and re­gional is­sues, as well as the Syr­ian sit­u­a­tion and how to de­velop bi­lat­eral TehranMoscow co­op­er­a­tion and re­la­tions.

In the phone call that was made on Sun­day, Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani de­scribed the re­cent at­tack by the United States, the United King­dom and France on Syria un­der the pre­text of the Syr­ian govern­ment’s use of chem­i­cal weapons as an act of ag­gres­sion and aimed at lift­ing the spirit of the de­feated ter­ror­ists, say­ing, “If ag­gres­sion and bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional laws be­come pos­si­ble eas­ily and with­out pay­ing any price by the per­pe­tra­tors, we will wit­ness new in­sta­bil­i­ties at in­ter­na­tional and re­gional stages”.

Stress­ing that “this act of ag­gres­sion by the U.S. has proved that they have a di­rect re­la­tion­ship with the ter­ror­ists,” the Pres­i­dent added, “The Amer­i­cans re­sponded this way when they felt that the ter­ror­ists no longer have ac­cess to an im­por­tant area such as the Eastern Ghouta”.

Dr. Rouhani added, “The U.S. and its al­lies’ at­tack on Syria shows that we are fac­ing new prob­lems and is­sues in the fi­nal fight against ter­ror­ism in Syria, and we should have more con­sul­ta­tion and co­op­er­a­tion”.

Point­ing out that the United States and some Western coun­tries do not want Syria to be eas­ily sta­bi­lized, the pres­i­dent said, “We need to in­crease our speed in or­der to solve the Syr­ian cri­sis, and in this re­gard, the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran is ready to co­op­er­ate with Rus­sia within bi­lat­eral and tri­lat­eral frame­works”.

“Un­for­tu­nately, at the same time with the new ten­sions in the re­gion, the Zion­ist Regime has car­ried out new acts of ag­gres­sion against the Pales­tinian peo­ple, and we should not al­low a new ten­sion to rise in the re­gion,” he con­tin­ued.

Dr. Rouhani also re­ferred to the hu­man­i­tar­ian catas­tro­phe in Ye­men and em­pha­sized the need to send hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to them, say­ing, “The con­tin­u­a­tion of clashes and killing of peo­ple in Ye­men are not in the in­ter­est of any­one, and Iran is ready to con­trib­ute to any process to­wards a cease­fire, se­cu­rity, peace and sav­ing of the peo­ple of this coun­try”.

The pres­i­dent also ex­pressed hope that Tehran-Moscow re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion would fur­ther de­velop with the ef­forts of the of­fi­cials of the two coun­tries, es­pe­cially in the field of econ­omy and com­merce.

Dr. Rouhani con­tin­ued, “The Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran is de­ter­mined to de­velop closer re­la­tions with Rus­sia”.

Pres­i­dent of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion Vladimir Putin pointed out that Iran and Rus­sia share a com­mon view on many re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues, say­ing, “The US and Western coun­tries’ at­tack on Syria un­der any pre­text is the bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional laws and this act by the United States and its al­lies is noth­ing but in­ter­na­tional crime and act of ag­gres­sion, and the pre­text of chem­i­cal weapons use in Syria is base­less”.

Stat­ing that the US’ at­tack on Syria was car­ried out when the in­spec­tors of Or­gan­i­sa­tion for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons had ar­rived in Syria, say­ing, “The United Na­tions was cre­ated to build con­sen­sus among coun­tries and should not be used for po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests of some pow­ers be­cause if any­one wants to act in their own way in the in­ter­na­tional stage, we will face chaos”.

He said that “these ag­gres­sive mea­sures do not pre­vent our ef­forts in the fight against ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism in the re­gion, and in par­tic­u­lar in Syria,” adding, “The process of achiev­ing peace in Syria has be­come more dif­fi­cult after this US ac­tion, but con­sul­ta­tions and tri­par­tite ties be­tween Iran, Rus­sia and Turkey must con­tinue, and we must at­tempt to de­velop peace and sta­bil­ity and to es­tab­lish a di­a­logue in this coun­try”.

Re­fer­ring to the need for mea­sures to re­solve the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in Ye­men and es­tab­lish a cease­fire in the coun­try, the Rus­sian pres­i­dent said, “Iran and Rus­sia should go fur­ther in co­or­di­na­tion to con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion”.

Putin also em­pha­sized the de­vel­op­ment of com­pre­hen­sive co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Tehran and Moscow, es­pe­cially in eco­nomic and com­mer­cial sec­tors, and said, “In the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, it is es­sen­tial to use all po­ten­tials and ca­pac­i­ties to deepen re­la­tions be­tween Iran and Rus­sia”.

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