Putin visits Tehran for talks on Syria, nuclear deal

Marsha Scott
November 2, 2017

Referring to the fact that the majority of the population of the Republic of Azerbaijan are the followers of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) like Iran and Iraq, Ayatollah Khamenei said this great opportunity to hold glorious mourning ceremonies by the Shiites in Azerbaijan must be seized because they give Azerbaijan Republic and its nation more identity.

It is expected Putin will start his visit by a private talk with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Tehran signed the deal with six countries including Russian Federation and the United States, but Trump last month refused to certify the agreement, drawing criticism from Moscow which slammed the U.S. president's "aggressive and threatening rhetoric" against Iran.

During Putin's visit, Russian oil producer Rosneft and the National Iranian Oil Company agreed an outline deal to work on a number of "strategic" projects in Iran together worth up to $30 billion.

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Moscow is also an important ally for Iran in its renewed confrontation with the United States, where Trump broke ranks with major allies on October 13 by de-certifying Tehran's nuclear deal with six world powers including Washington under his predecessor Barack Obama.

Ahead of Putin's arrival, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Russia's chief of staff Valery Gerasimov flew into Tehran for talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Bagheri to discuss "Syria.and the fight against terrorism".

Tehran and Moscow "have been working productively and managed to coordinate positions on the issue", Putin said. Trump has also not ruled out an outright cancellation of the deal.

The three top officials also discussed ways of boosting trilateral energy cooperation, as well as joint efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking and transnational crime. "This cooperation will restore stability in the region", Khamenei said during a meeting with Putin, state TV added.

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