Pres. Rouhani stresses continuation of ‘Astana Peace Process’

TEHRAN, Feb. 29 (MNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin late on Sat. called the situation in Syria’s Idlib ‘worrying’ and said that agreements of ‘Astana Peace Process’ should be operationalized ASAP in order to witness peace and security and also eradication of terrorism in the region.

He described the relations between the two countries ‘good and developing’ in all fields, and said, “we are ready to increase cooperation in all areas of interests to both countries.”

On the recent developments regarding the nuclear issue, the President Rouhani appreciated Moscow's stances regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and said, "we will live up to our commitments until the time we enjoy the interests of the agreement, and we hope that this agreement is saved with other parties' cooperation.”

Rouhani went on to mention the recent developments in Syria’s Idlib and his phone call earlier with Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan in this regard, saying, "the situation in Idlib is worrying and the decisions made under the Astana Peace Process must be operationalized as soon as possible so that peace and security is returned to the region and terrorism is eradicated.”

Stating that it is not acceptable that a part of Syria is under the control of terrorists, he said, "as it has been stressed repeatedly, the solution to the Syrian issue is merely political and will be resolved only through dialogue and we must not let the situation in Idlib turn into a pretext for America's interference and misuse of the Syrian issue.”

President Rouhani also voiced Iran's readiness to host the next summit of Iran, Russia and Turkey in continuation of the Astana Process, saying, "in the recent years, great actions have been taken in fighting terrorism through the cooperation of Iran, Russia and Syria, the impacts and results of which must be protected".

"In the Idlib issue, we are fully ready to reach a political and security solution agreed by all three countries," he continued.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed sympathy with the Iranian government and people on the lives lost because of coronavirus, and welcomed Iranian President's suggestion for quick implementation of health protocols, adding, "we are ready to cooperate with Iran for quick implementation of health protocols.”

Vladimir Putin stressed cooperation between Iran and Russia on JCPOA, saying, "the recent summit of experts in Vienna laid the ground for settling this issue, especially with regard to the fact that Tehran has cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”

Putin also referred to the agreements within the framework of Astana Peace Process for resolving the Syrian issue as a very effective move, saying, "creating de-escalation zones must not mean not fighting with terrorism.”

Stressing the importance of preserving the territorial integrity of Syria, Putin said, "it is the Syrian government's right to react for fighting terrorism in its land.”

Welcoming Iran's readiness to host the next tripartite summit, he said, "the next summit of the three countries in Iran can help achieve a solution.”


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