Velayati conveys Leader's message to Putin
Senior adviser to the Leader of Islamic revolution, Ali Akbar Velayati, held talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday morning. The meeting at the suburban residence of president Putin in Novo-Ogaryovo.
During the meeting, Velayati delivered an oral message from the Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei, and President Hassan Rouhani to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, the message set out Iran’s position vis-a-vis the 2015 nuclear deal, following America's unilateral and unlawful withdrawal from the agreement.
The meeting was also attended by Iranian ambasador to Moscow Mehdi Sanaei, Velayati’s special envoy for international affairs Ali Asghar Fathi, Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, Putin’s aide for international affairs Yuri Ushakov, and Maxim Baranov, head of Iranian Desk at the Second Department for Asia at Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Speaking to reporters before the meeting, Velayati stressed that bilateral relations in the fields of defence, politics, economy, nuclear industry and security indicate a long-term plan for cooperation between Iran and Russia.
He also highlighted the need for closer cooperation with Russia given the current critical situation in the world , mainly due to US President Donald Trump’s actions and decisions.
Velayati is also slated to hold talks with a number of other senior Russian officials during his stay in Moscow.