Shamkhani: Tehran, Moscow share common stand about Iraq, Syria, regional developments

Tehran, Oct 21, IRNA — Leader’s representative and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Tuesday that Tehran and Moscow share common stand on regional developments and the need to maintain territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria.
Speaking to reporters after his meeting with Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, he said formation of Daesh Takriti terrorist group has roots in wrong action of proponents of terrorism.

Those who helped the terrorist group emerge should be held accountable, he said adding that current developments in the region threatens peace, stability and security of the international community.

He called for collective contribution of the world community to deal with menaces of terrorism.

It is impossible and irrational to separate keep the armed groups involved in carnage of innocent civilians, he said.

Classifying terrorists as good, moderate and bad is totally out of question, he underlined.

On outcome of negotiations with his Russian counterpart, Shamkhani said they exchanged views on ways to develop regular cooperation on security matters.

Areas of cooperation on security issues are very high as both sides reviewed regional and global developments and singed memorandum of understanding (MoU) on economic and security issues, he said.

Talks between the two sides were held in a calm and friendly atmosphere, he said.

Iran and Russia call for consolidation of Iraqi government and maintaining territorial integrity of Iraq and bolstering the Iraqi government and Iraqi army to deal with insecurities of the country, Shamkhani said.

Current developments and status of Afghanistan is of prime importance for both Iran and Russia, he underlined.

Regional cooperation for restoring stability in Afghanistan and pull-out of foreign forces is very necessary, he said.

He said that increase in poppy cultivation in Afghanistan in the past decade has led to negative impacts the country’s stability and security.

He called for expansion of economic cooperation and removal of the barriers in trade and commerce.

The two officials exchanged views on the latest nuclear talks between Iran and G5+1.

The Russian official said for his part that Iran’s nuclear program is of peaceful nature and it should be resolved through political talks in line with Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).



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