Speaker’s advisor terms Syria role model for Iran-Russia strategic partnership

FNA- Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Tehran and Moscow enjoy the capacity to work on a common plan to further expand bilateral ties through holding transparent talks.

“Within the framework of national interests (and broadening of mutual cooperation), we can work with (President) Vladimir Putin’s Russia,” Amir Abdollahian wrote on his Twitter account.

“We should hold clear, explicit and transparent talks with Russia and draft a common plan in areas of common interests,” he added.

Amir Abdollahian underlined that the success of the joint action in Syria should not be forgotten, and said, “Mutual cooperation is no violation of the independence of the country.”

In relevant remarks on Saturday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov underlined that Iran has military advisory presence in Syria in a bid to assist the Damascus government in fighting terrorists.

“Iran’s presence in Syria was limited to military advisers and servicemen assisting Syrians in the fight against terrorism,” Israeli Kan 11 broadcaster quoted Bogdanov in an interview as saying while commenting on the Israeli claims about Iranian military involvement in the Syrian conflict.

The Russian deputy foreign minister, however, said that Russia is concerned that exchanges of fire between Israel and Iran on the Syrian territory as well as Israel’s “initiative” air strikes on the crisis-torn country may result in a large-scale regional conflict.

“As far as we understand, the Iranian troops are not present on the Syrian territory. There are Iranian servicemen, advisers. I think that their number, although I do not know for sure, is quite limited,” he said.

“We see … a threat that at some point, these events, this exchange of attacks and especially initiative attacks by Israeli aviation on some facilities located in Syria, may get out of control and lead to a very serious deterioration of the situation in the region in general. I think that this, of course, is not in the interests of either Russia or Israel,” Bogdanov added.

Russia along with Turkey and Iran are guarantors of the ceasefire regime in Syria. Moscow has also been providing humanitarian aid to residents of the crisis-torn country.