News ID: 166897
Published: 0640 GMT August 15, 2016

Tehran, Moscow discuss regional issues

Tehran, Moscow discuss regional issues

High-ranking Iranian and Russian diplomats on Monday exchanged views on the latest developments in the Middle East and explored avenues for the resolution of the crisis in Syria.

Hossein Jaberi Ansari, the Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs, met with visiting Russian Deputy FM Mikhail Bogdanov who arrived in Tehran on Sunday night, Press TV reported.

Both sides discussed the advancement of Tehran-Moscow cooperation in the fight against international terrorism besides the ongoing Syrian conflict.

Iran and Russia have both been assisting the government in Damascus in its fight against a foreign-backed terrorism. Iran has been offering advisory military help, and Russia has been conducting an aerial campaign against terrorist in the Arab country.

Syria has been gripped by terrorism since March 2011. The United Nations (UN)’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

Jaberi Ansari and Bogdanov, who is the Russian presidential envoy on the Middle East and Africa, also discussed the promotion of bilateral ties and regional cooperation plus the implementation of nuclear deal between Iran and six other countries – Russia, the US, France, Britain, China, and Germany.

The Russian diplomat also held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. His visit to Iran came days after President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met in Azerbaijan.


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