Russia and Iran Coordinating On Regional Issues: FM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday said that Moscow and Tehran are coordinating on regional issues, including the situation in Syria.

Speaking in a press conference, Lavrov said that the Kremlin and Tehran are in close contact on numerous regional issues and regarding the Syria situation there is coordination in the Astana format, together with the government of Turkey.

“I believe this is a fine example of how you can unite, although your views do not coincide one hundred percent, differ in many ways,” Lavrov added.

Lavrov also spoke about the upcoming Iranian President visit to Russia as necessary to resume face-to-face contacts at the highest level that has been suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic

“Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi will conduct an inventory of the dialogue between the two countries during the Iranian leader’s upcoming visit to Russia,” Lavrov said without specifying the date of the meeting.

“The visit is important to understand that to what extent we are ensuring continuity of our relations,” Lavrov said, adding in terms of economic issues, the agenda is very extensive but, as always, when there are many joint projects, more attention to detail is needed.

Lavrov also said that there are some political issues that need to be discussed between the two leaders. “Discussions will be held on Iranian nuclear deal, the overall situation in the Persian Gulf, our joint work in the UN and in other international organizations, including the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” explained Lavrov. 

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