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Rouhani tells Putin cooperation in Astana format is vital for peace in Syria

Rouhani tells Putin cooperation in Astana format is vital for peace in Syria

The Iranian president highly appreciated the diplomatic efforts made by Russia in Syria. Hasan Rouhani emphasized that Tehran, Moscow and Ankara should continue cooperation in the Astana format in order to achieve peace in the war-torn country.

Astana peace process initiated by the Russian President Vladimir Putin

In a phone conversation on Thursday, Rouhani stressed the need for bilateral cooperation and sharing experience in the anti-COVID fight.

President Rouhani also noted the special importance of preserving and fulfilling the nuclear agreement both as an international deal between the signatories and the means of countering US unilateral steps on maintaining the armed embargo against Iran.

“Rouhani mentioned the recent online summit between Iran, Russia and Turkey, aimed at establishing peace in Syria, highlighting the need to continue trilateral cooperation in the Astana format for the sake of achieving this goal,” the Iranian president’s press service said.

According to the press service, Rouhani expressed satisfaction over developing balanced bilateral cooperation with Moscow at all levels in the economic, political, scientific and cultural fields as well as the negotiations between the two countries’ delegates with the goal of implementing the agreements.”

Commenting on the phone conversations between two leaders, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that presidential administration would provide more details later.

On July 1, the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey held an online summit devoted to the Syrian settlement and discussed the prospects of arranging a meeting in Tehran as soon as the epidemiological situation allowed.

In their final statement, three presidents recalled the need to fully comply with all principles of sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria. According to the politicians, special attention should be given to issues like illegal seizure and handover of oil revenues, which must belong to the Syrian state.

The online summit also discussed the humanitarian situation in Syria y and the prospects of its post-war restoration.