Rouhani, Putin Discuss Latest Int’l, Regional Issues
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”.