News ID: 274628
Published: 0804 GMT September 24, 2020

Iran, Russia enjoying close coordination on regional issues: Zarif

Iran, Russia enjoying close coordination on regional issues: Zarif

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there is close coordination between Tehran and Moscow for settlement of regional issues.

Zarif who arrived in Moscow for an official visit late on Wednesday made the remarks while speaking upon his arrival, IRNA reported.

He added, Tehran-Moscow coordination makes it necessary that officials of the two countries have regular contacts.

As for the agenda of his visit to Moscow, the foreign minister said discussing the 2015 nuclear deal from which US withdrew unilaterally in 2018, is one of the major priorities of his talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

On the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Russian government along with China has picked the best stance at the UN Security Council over the past several months, Zarif noted.

Recently, the US presented an anti-Iran resolution to the UNSC. The resolution was rejected by the Security Council while Russia and China have strongly stood up to the US move.

Speaking about the regional developments, Zarif said the region is suffering from serious problems.

Then, he referred to the issue of Syria which needs special coordination.

He said that Iran will coordinate with Russia and Turkey on the Syrian peace during the Astana talks.

Troika of Tehran, Moscow and Ankara are three guarantors of peace in Syria.

On the issue of Afghanistan, the foreign minister said that it is one of the subjects on the agenda of discussion in Moscow.

Ways to develop ties between Iran and Russia are also on the agenda of his negotiations with the Russian counterpart, he added.

He dismissed certain reports that that the French government had asked him to meet with Russian officials about the situation in Lebanon.

“This is not true. We may talk to Russia about Lebanon, but this is not a priority,” he said.

Zarif left Tehran for Moscow on Wednesday to pay his 31st visit to Russia. His visit is the third taking place in the pandemic period.

Resource: IRNA
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