Putin hosts aide to Iran's supreme leader amid Syria talks

Lester Mason
July 14, 2018

Referring to his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier today, Velayati said that the message of Iran's Leader and president was delivered to the Russian official.

"He (Netanyahu) is an itinerant person who travels to somewhere in the world every day", Velayati told reporters upon his arrival in Moscow. The United States pulled out of a multinational deal in May to lift sanctions against Iran in return for curbs to its nuclear programme.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday that the letters are aimed at "emphasizing the importance of expanded relations between Iran and Russia".

"In these messages, our country's views and stances regarding the US' selfish and illegal behavior are explained to other countries", he said.

Israeli leaders have recently reiterated that they expect Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Iranian-backed allies to honour the agreement which sets out a demilitarized zone along the frontier and limits the number of forces each side can deploy within 25 kilometres (15 miles) of the zone. "Only a strategic and long-term relationship (with Russia) can continue this cooperation", said Velayati, who was also due to meet Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Moscow. Velayati was Iran's foreign minister at the time of the AMIA atrocity on July 18, 1994, when 85 people died and hundreds more were wounded after a truck packed with explosives drove into the Jewish organization's main building in the Argentine capital.


Iran has also made moves to align closer with China, with Velayati expected to visit Beijing in the near future, Reuters reports.

But European firms are reluctant to risk far-reaching USA financial penalties they would face for doing business in Iran.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Friday that Tehran coordinates positions on its military presence in Syria with Moscow and Damascus. He said Iran and Russian Federation will maintain their military presence in Syria to make sure terrorists will not resurge.

Ali Akbar Velayati, an global adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution who is in Russian Federation for an official visit, has shrugged off the concurrent trip to Russian Federation by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying "nobody cares" about the Netanyahu's "baseless and illogical remarks".

Trump and Putin are expected to discuss Iran's regional role and the Syrian conflict at a summit in Helsinki next Monday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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