Russian FM stresses cooperation with Iran

Russian FM Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart assessed the issues on agenda such as Iran nuclear talks between P5+1 countries, Syrian crisis and terrorism.

Russian FM stresses cooperation with Iran

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russian cooperation with Iran is vital for international and regional stability and security, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed during his contacts in Iran.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif in Tehran and had a joint press meeting related with bilateral political, economical relations besides regional problems such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Caspian Sea and Iran's nuclear activities.

Russian FM assessed the meeting by underlining that they found possibility for evaluating the outcomes of nuclear deal in Geneva.

"We agree with all parties to put the deal into an action. We are supposed to work rapidly and focusing on target," Lavrov said.

Mentioning the violence in North Africa, Lavrov stressed that it was not acceptable resorting to violence by saying, "We are worried about the current situation in Syria. We support all the solutions which will ensure sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria."

Lavrov also underlined that all religious and ethnic groups in Syria must have equal rights and take place in the solution process.

Geneva-2 Conference

Regarding the Geneva II conference which is expected to be realized on January 22, Lavrov emphasized all Syrian parties and other countries should contribute to get a positive result in the crisis and said, "It is very important to invite Tehran to Geneva II conference within this context."

Lavrov noted that it is very significant to cooperate to stop the violence and ensure the security in Afghanistan and Iraq. "

"Seven thousand people were killed by terrorist attacks in Iraq this year and it is more than killed by terrorism in Afghanistan. Therefore we must support our neighbors so that they can remove those threats and stay in peace."

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also interpreted the Iran and Russian relations.

Iran and Russian relations are based on common interests and providing the international stability and security, Zarif stressed by saying, "As the member of P5+1 countries and Iran's close friend, Russia's role in negotiations was vital," and he appreciated Russia's contribution in Geneva deal.

"I am grateful to my counterpart Lavrov's efforts for preventing a possible military intervention in Syria which would put the region into a crisis. There is a good cooperation between Iran and Russia which would help ensuring the international stability in the region."

When asked if there is a compromise between Iran and Russia on building new nuclear units for the plants in Bushehr, Zarif said, "We had positive talks on nuclear plants and reactors and agreed on some common points. We can acquire various energy sources by improving current relations."

IAEA and Iran in full agreement

Officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran came together today in Vienna to take up the methods to implement the Geneva deal reached regarding Iran's nuclear program.

IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Tero Varjoranta and Iranian ambassador Reza Najafi attended the meeting that lasted for an hour behind closed doors and Varjoranta said following the meeting that the next session will be held in Tehran on 21 January.

Iran's envoy Najafi for his part said that they were in full agreement with the international nuclear watchdog on the methods of the deal, adding that the implementation will kick off on 11 February.

The Geneva deal was reached between 5 permanent UN Security Council members (USA, Russia, China, France and Britain) plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran guarantees to use its nuclear program for peaceful purposes only, not to be in actions to produce nuclear weapons and stopping uranium enrichment program, in return of lifting of a series of sanctions introduced by UN Security Council.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Aralık 2013, 10:14