Iran, Russia Discuss Ways to Enhance Anti-Terror Cooperation

Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi addressing a conference in the Russian city of Saratov on March 5, 2018 / Photo retrieved from ICANA

High-ranking legislators from Iran and Russia have explored ways of strengthening Tehran-Moscow alliance against terror, which was formed three years ago as part of efforts to solve the long-running conflict in Syria.  

The meeting was held between Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi and Russia’s Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodim on Tuesday.

Russia entered the Syria conflict in September 2015 by lending its air strength to the Syrian Army, joining Iran which was providing the anti-terror drive in Syria with advisory assistance since early months of the seven-year crisis.

Boroujerdi and Volodim also discussed the 2015 nuclear deal, whose future hangs in the balance in the wake of frequent threats by US President Donald Trump that Washington will “terminate” the two-year pact unless Iran agrees to make concessions on its nuclear, regional and missile activities.

Iran has vehemently rejected Trump’s calls for renegotiation of the pact, arguing the US threats are violations of the pact.

Russia is on the same page with Iran, stressing the need for all parties to the landmark deal to abide by their obligations.

The meeting between Iranian and Russian lawmakers was held on the sidelines of an economic conference in the port city of Saratov in southwestern Russia, which was started Monday and will end Wednesday, according to a Farsi report by IRIB News Agency.

The conference, called “Future of Regions: Development of Cooperation”, aims to allow participants to exchange views on ways of accelerating the development of regions, facilitating the establishment of trade relations among companies and businessmen, and developing solutions to economic problems of the regions.

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