Jul 16, 2020 13:22 UTC
  • Rouhani, Putin stress on countering US unilateralism

President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin slammed the US for seeking to extend an arms ban on Tehran, calling for efforts to confront Washington’s “unilateralism.”

According to Tasnim News Agency, in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Rouhani highlighted the importance of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and preserving it.

He called on the remaining parties to the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to confront Washington’s unilateralism and put an end to the UN arms ban on Iran. 

The President thanked his Russian counterpart for his support for the JCPOA as well as opposition to the US’ unilateral policies.

He also called for the enhancement of Tehran-Moscow ties and cooperation in all areas, particularly in their battle against COVID-19.

Elsewhere, Rouhani referred to the holding of a virtual summit of the heads of Iran, Russia and Turkey with the aim of establishing peace and stability in Syria, and stressed the need for continued cooperation between the three countries within the framework of the Astana process to achieve this goal, especially in humanitarian issues.

In turn, Putin called for the salvage of the JCPOA and said, “As in the past five years, we will support the international document and insist on implementing and preserving it.”

He also called for the expansion of bilateral ties between the two countries in all areas, welcoming Iran’s offer to share experiences on fight against the coronavirus.