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Rouhani, Putin discuss regional situation on phone

Iranian President calls for more bilateral consultations with respect to crises in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
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Tehran: Presidents of Iran and Russia discussed energy projects, Tehran’s nuclear deal, and the situation in the Middle East during a telephone call.

During the conversation, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani voiced confidence for closer cooperation with Russia during his second term in office, saying Tehran welcomes the participation of Russian investors and private sector in the country’s notable infrastructure projects, particularly in energy and industry.

Rouhani stressed the need for more Iran-Russia consultations and cooperation with respect to regional crises in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq.

Noting that the number of cholera-affected people in Yemen has surpassed 400,000, Rouhani called on the United Nations Security Council to facilitate the process of humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.

The Iranian President also discussed the JCPOA, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, putting emphasis on the deal’s multilateral aspect and the US measures that are considered in violation of its JCPOA-related commitments. “The Islamic Republic of Iran has lived up to all its commitments under the deal, as is perfectly evident by the IAEA’s reports,” he said.

Rouhani further called on Russia to play a positive role in cementing the JCPOA and obliging all sides to the deal to implement their commitments.

Putin, for his part, voiced his country’s resolve for expanding cooperation with Iran, saying Russian investors and businessmen are eager to have a more active participation in joint projects with Iran in the oil and gas, electricity and transport sectors.

Discussing regional developments, Putin voiced satisfaction over Iran and Russia’s joint efforts in the Middle East.

He also stressed Iran’s commitment to the nuclear deal as confirmed by the IAEA’s reports, saying any violation from either side of the deal will be considered a violation of UN resolution 2231.

Putin further called for more bilateral cooperation with Iran for facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people.