Israel cannot affect Iran-Russia cooperation: Iran security official

TEHRAN, Jul. 19 (MNA) – Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran says that the Israeli regime's negative role cannot affect Iran-Russia's cooperation in fighting terrorism in Syria.

Amir Saeid Iravani, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Russian President’s Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev in Tehran on Thursday.

In the meeting which took more than two hours, Iravani expressed his happiness with the visit of Russian president's special envoy to Tehran, describing it as a clear sign of the commitment of the two countries to the rules of cooperation and strategic partnership.

The Iranian security official also described the principled stances of the Russian president in the face of US unilateralism as a sign of Russia's commitment to international standards and the pursuit of dialogue and engagement on behalf of the Russians to resolve the political and security challenges.

Referring to recent developments in Syria and the victories of the army and popular forces in the southern fronts in Daraa, Iravani said “recent achievements have been an effective step in advancing the political process within the framework of the Astana as well as Sochi talks.”

The Iranian security official added that “the Islamic Republic of Iran attaches special importance to a political solution through strengthening a Syrian-Syrian dialogue, and supports the efforts made in this regard."

He further noted that Iran and Russia will continue to strengthen the Syrian armed forces in the fight against terrorism, adding “the level of cooperation and positions of Iran and Russia shows that the Zionist regime's negative role [in Syria] and its failed attempts will not affect the cooperation between the two countries.”

Russian President’s Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev, for his part, said that Russia was committed to supporting international agreements and urged countries to avoid unilateralism and the use of economic and commercial instruments to impose their political will on other countries.

Pointing to Russia's clear and resolute stance on the necessity of adhering to and fulfilling all the commitments made by a country, Lavrentiev emphasized that Russian president considered unilateral sanctions against Iran in violation of the international agreements, and in his recent talks with the US president in Finland, he emphasized the unconstructive nature of this action (US withdrawal from JCPOA and the reinstatment of sanctions).

He hoped that the continuation of the dialogue between China, Russia and the European countries with the United States would change the latter's unilateral approach and make it abide by its commitments to the JCPOA.

Lavrentiev further emphasized the strengthening and continued political and security cooperation between the two countries in Syria, saying that the Russian government will continue to cooperate in the fight against terrorism until stability and security is reached in the whole Syria.

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