President Rouhani meets Russian counterpart

President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met and conferred on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit on Friday.

Fri 13 - September 2013 - 16:55

During the meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Bishkek on Friday, President Rouhani said, “On Iran’s nuclear issues we want immediate resolution within the international regulations.”
During the meeting, Dr.Rouhani reiterated that under the present sensitive conditions of the region, especially the Middle East, the more the consultations, the more the possibility of resolving the issues.
“Russia has taken important steps in these areas in the past and today more opportunity is available to take more effective steps,” he added.
Meantime, president Rouhani pointed to Russia’s initiative for resolving the Syrian crisis, and said, “Russia’s initiative in this crisis and also the steps taken by the Syrian government has created a hope to prevent outbreak of a new war in the region.”
President Rouhani thanked his Russian counterpart for his felicitation message earlier on the occasion of his appointment as Iran’s new president and also participation of Putin’s envoy in his inauguration ceremony last month.
“Russia as Iran’s big neighbor has always been deemed important by all Iranian governments and we are calling for the further expansion of ties between Tehran and Moscow in the 11th government,” the president said.
The Russian president, for his part, described Iran as a very important and good neighbor for Russia, and said, “Tehran and Moscow can cooperate in different areas and within the framework of bilateral, regional and international cooperation framework, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”
President Putin went on to say that Russia is pursuing vast joint cooperation with Iran, and called for broadening of ties between the two countries.

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