Rouhani in a phone conversation with Russian president:

Territorial integrity in region, not changing borders key for Iran

روحانی پوتین تلفنی

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian President in a phone call with his Russian counterpart welcomed deepening ties between Tehran and Moscow, emphasizing that bilateral relations will be strengthened further by the implementation of the existing projects.

In the telephone conversation that was held on Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani referred to the coming meeting of the Presidents of Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan in Tehran, saying, "We attach great weight to trilateral relations between Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan and in the upcoming meeting, the issues that are of interest to the three countries will be put on the agenda".

He also referred to the common positions and stances of the two countries on Syria and the pursuit of the Astana summit, saying, "We are serious about the Syrian issue, and believe that the whole world is now looking at the Astana talks and our constructive cooperation on Syria".

"Territorial integrity in the region and not changing borders are very important for the Islamic Republic of Iran and we are fully prepared to continue the process of cooperation and coordination for the next Astana summit," the President continued.

Referring to the current developments in Iraq, he said, "For the Islamic Republic of Iran, the security of the region and preservation of Iraq's territorial integrity and national unity are important, and coordination among the countries of the region will be very important in this regard".

The Russian President Vladimir Putin also reaffirmed Moscow's resolve to develop inclusive relations with Tehran, and described quick implementation of the existing projects effective in to further strengthen these relations".

The Russian president also referred to the upcoming tripartite summit of Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan, saying, "A wide range of issues related to strengthening of the inclusive cooperation between the three countries will be discussed at the Tehran summit".

Putin also praised Tehran's constructive stances at the previous summits on Syria in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, and said, "Cooperation between the two countries along with Turkey on Syria will strongly continue to bring peace to Syria and eliminate the terrorists".

The Russian president also said that the Russian government supports the Iraqi government and territorial integrity by explaining the positions of Moscow on the developments in Iraq.

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