Russia urges increased regional cooperation with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of State Duma International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanayee called for further cooperation between the two countries on regional issues.

During the meeting in Moscow on Wednesday, Pushkov criticized the US regional policies in the past two decades, calling for further cooperation between Tehran and Moscow about the current regional and international issues.

The two officials also stressed the need for international efforts to strengthen the Iraqi government in the fight terrorism in the country.

Examining the factors that led to current situation in Iraq, they called for international community to help the Iraqi government combat the IS terrorists.

Sanayee and Pushkov also agreed that establishing peace, security and stability in Iraq is possible only by fighting terrorism as a detrimental phenomenon to regional statesˈ security.

Urging the Western governments to avoid exercising double standards vis-à-vis terrorism, they called for the international assistance to the Iraqi government to maintain the country’s national sovereignty and solidarity as significant factors to thwart menace of terrorism.

In relevant remarks yesterday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian also called on the US officials to avoid hypocrisy an ambiguous stances on terrorism in Iraq.

“The US should specify its relationship with terrorist acts in Iraq,” Amir Abdollahian said in a meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah in Masqat on Wednesday.

He also underlined the necessity for decisive campaign against terrorism in line with the political trend in Iraq as two key factors in resolving the problems in that country, and urged collective cooperation to this end.

“All countries should help Iraq in fighting terrorism since security of Iraq is an important component of security of all regional states,” Amir Abdollahian said.

By Fars News Agency


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