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02 November 2017, 12:27 | Marta Robbins
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Chinese President Xi Jingping
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Tehran November 1, 2017.
Russian President Putin on Wednesday described Iran as "a strategic partner" and a "great neighbor", stressing that Russia welcomes expansion of bilateral relations.
The president pointed out that Iran and Russian Federation have contributed to not only fighting terrorism in Syria, but have been successfully involved in a peaceful negotiations process to solve the crisis, having paved the way for political settlement in the war-torn country. Our cooperation can isolate America. The two countries are in favour of new elections in Syria, albeit with al-Assad's participation.
Pragmatist Iranian President Hassan Rouhani echoed Khamenei, saying Iran and Russian Federation together could tackle "regional terrorism" - an allusion to Sunni Muslim armed groups hostile to Iran, Assad and many other Arab states. "But the issues of economic nature are at the forefront, of course", Putin said.
US President Donald Trump has refused to confirm whether his government will comply with the agreement and has threatened a harder line on Iran, which the US suspects has been seeking to build a nuclear bomb.
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Trump last month disavowed the 2015 accord to curb Iran's nuclear program that was negotiated between Tehran and the U.S., Russia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and China.
At the summit, Rouhani said interaction between the three countries helps promote regional cooperation and stability, adding that Iran "welcomes any idea and mechanism that could strengthen relations among Tehran, Moscow and Baku".
"The outcome of this cooperation has showed that Tehran and Moscow can achieve common goals on challenging fronts", he added.
The Iranian and Russian Presidents were joined by Azerbaijani head of state Ilham Aliyev.
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