Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Iranian Muhammad Javad Zarif stressed the need to eliminate the remaining hotbeds of terrorism in Syria and to preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity, noting that any foreign presence in it without the consent of the Syrian state is a violation of Security Council Resolution 2254 and the principles of international law.
The two ministers stressed, during a press conference in Moscow today, that their two countries will continue to make efforts to solve the crisis in Syria politically within the Astana formula and within the framework of the constitution discussion committee in Geneva.
Lavrov said, "Russia and Iran have a common position that any attempts by external players to exist in the Syrian territories without the approval of the Syrian state and the attempt to create a separatist mood are a violation of Security Council Resolution 2254 and other principles of international law."
In turn, Zarif said, "We touched on the Astana track and the political settlement in Syria, and we will continue to complete this process based on the premise that Russia plays an important role in the region and contributes to preserving the sovereignty and independence of any country and cooperates in the fight against terrorism."
On the Iranian nuclear deal, Lavrov said: We have agreed to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and that the comprehensive and joint action plan can be preserved through the implementation of all parties' commitments to this plan in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2231.
Lavrov stressed the continuation of trade and economic relations and investment projects between Russia and Iran, including the field of nuclear energy and transportation, and facing unilateral sanctions by the United States that aim to isolate Iran economically and violate all international laws and laws and the World Trade Organization.
For his part, Zarif indicated that the talks between Iran and Russia were good and beneficial, and cooperation was agreed in several areas, such as transport and energy, stressing the important role of Russia on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the Iranian nuclear agreement despite the pressure exerted by the United States.