Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have agreed on strengthening bilateral contacts, which also includes the Syrian conflict, on Monday. Both the countries are allies of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
According to the Kremlin, the presidents of both the countries exchanged views on Syria and agreed to cooperate on a number of other topical issues over a phone call. However, no further details on the conversation were divulged.
The Iranian president said that to bring peace and resolve the Syrian conflict, the cooperation between Iran and Russia is essential.
“During the ceasefire, the political talks (among Syrian groups) should be accelerated but this should not halt the fighting against terrorists in Syria,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by Iran’s state news agency IRNA.
Assad’s success in recapturing Palmyra from the ISIS was congratulated by both the Kremlin and the secretary of the Iranian National Security Council.
“The Iranian government and armed forces will continue their full support of Syria and the Axis of Resistance,” the Reuters quoted NSC Secretary Ali Shamkhani as saying.
According to Guards chief Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the current situation in Syria is very good after the recapture of Palmyra.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Hossein Jaber-Ansari, also praised Syria’s recent victory and said Tehran will continue to support the Assad government and other governments fighting extremism.
The Syrian government and the Western-backed opposition are currently involved in UN-mediated peace talks. The peace talks are a result of the diplomatic push, backed by US and Russia, to bring the five-year-old civil war to an end.
“Iran’s support continues for the fight against terrorism in Syria, Iraq and countries exposed to this threat,” Ansari was quoted by the Al Arabia as telling Iran’s Arabic-language Al-Alam television. “Syria will march forward strongly in the fight against terrorism and the terrorists definitely won’t have a place in the future of the region.”