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Putin and Raisi discuss situation in Afghanistan

Written by The Frontier Post

MOSCOW (TASS): Ru-ssian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian leader Ebrahim Raisi discussed the situation in Afghanistan in a telephone conversation and stressed their readiness to help establish peace and stability in this country. This was reported on Tues-day by the Kremlin’s press service following a conversation between the leaders.
“The Russian President announced the planned delivery of Russian humanitarian aid to Kabul in the near future – food and essential goods,” the message says.
During the exchange of views on the situation in Afghanistan, the readiness to assist the establishment of peace and stability in this country was emphasized, the Kremlin said.
Putin also told Raisi about the measures of the Russian Federation to ensure the ceasefire in Karabakh. “The situation around Nagorno-Karabakh was also touched upon. Vladimir Putin informed about the measures taken by the Russian side to ensure the ceasefire, unblock economic and transport links, and establish a peaceful life in the region,” the statement says.
Expressing concern over the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh issue, Putin said, “To increase the level of trust and cooperation in the region, we seek to launch a 3+3 consultative mechanism, and we hope that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports it”.
The Russian President concluded, “Russia is determined to continue cooperating in the fight against COVID-19 and sending vaccine shipments to Iran”.
Putin and Raisi agreed to continue contacts at various levels.
Putin, in a conversation with Raisi, expressed the hope that the negotiations on the JCPOA scheduled for late November in Vienna will be held in a constructive manner. “Vladimir Putin expressed hope that the talks on this issue, scheduled for the end of November in Vienna, will be held in a constructive manner,” the press service said in a statement.
The Kremlin noted that special attention was paid to the state of affairs around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program during telephone contacts. “Russia and Iran stand for its full implementation within the initially agreed framework,” the press service recalled.
Also, Putin and the President of Iran are determined to further coordination on Syria. “It was noted that largely thanks to well-coordinated Russian-Iranian efforts, it was possible to preserve the statehood of Syria, to eliminate a major hotbed of international terrorism,” the press service of the President of the Russian Federation conveyed the content of the conversation. “Both sides expressed their disposition for further coordination on the Syrian settlement, including within the framework of the Astana format,” the Kremlin stressed.
Iranian leader stressing Tehran’s resolve to expand trade and economic relations with Russia, Raisi said that Tehran is ready to finalize a comprehensive cooperation deal between the two countries.
He said that Tehran and Moscow have many common grounds in the international arena, including the fight against unilateralism and strengthening multilateralism.
The Iranian president appreciated Russia’s support for Iran’s nuclear rights and the need for removal of all the sanction on Tehran. The press service indicated that the presidents had “thoroughly discussed topical issues on the international agenda.” In addition, they “considered the main issues of bilateral cooperation, including the implementation of large joint investment projects, as well as interaction in the fight against the spread of coronavirus infection.”
Russia and Iran, together with Turkey, are the guarantor countries and are making joint efforts for a Syrian settlement. The 16th international high-level meeting on Syria was held on July 7-8 in Nur-Sultan with the participation of delegations of the guarantor countries, the Syrian government and the armed opposition. The negotiators discussed the situation in the Arab Republic, international humanitarian assistance, prospects for the resumption of the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva, as well as confidence-building measures, including the exchange of prisoners, the release of hostages and the search for missing persons.
Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan is ready to hold an international meeting on Syria in the Astana format in Nur-Sultan in the 20th of December.

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