Moscow (IP) - Iran's foreign minister noted that the cooperation between Iran and Russia is for peace and stability in the region, saying: "We are ready to cooperate with Russia both in the Caucasus region and in the Persian Gulf."

Iran PressEurope: Speaking at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed satisfaction with his presence in Moscow, saying: "In the bilateral field, considering the importance attached to by the leaders of the two countries to bilateral relations today, we talked about the method of strengthening bilateral relations in the field of energy, transportation, and other fields, as well as useful and constructive cooperation between the two countries in nuclear energy and how to strengthen it."

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who has traveled to Moscow, met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday.

"We had good consultation about Afghanistan because of the rule of law and the support of all groups, including the Taliban. Now a Taliban delegation in Iran and are talking to my colleagues," he said.

Iran's top diplomat said: "We are ready to cooperate with Russia, both in the Caucasus region and in the Persian Gulf."

He did not mention the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) because he agreed with what Lavrov had said about the deal.

Russian Foreign Minister expressed hope that the United States would return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"We (Iran and Russia) have a common position on the JCPOA and we believe that this document should be preserved," Lavrov said in the part of his speech, referring to the issue of the JCPOA, which was discussed with Zarif and noted that the only way to maintain the JCPOA is for the full implementation of this document by all parties to this agreement.

Zarif referred to the relations between Iran and Russia and added: "We have had relations with Russia for more than the whole life of the United States, and these relations do not depend on anyone. The type of our relationship is definitely strong and will be even stronger."

The Foreign Minister referred to the steps taken to reduce Iran's obligations in the JCPOA and said: "We reduced our obligations in five stages and began to reduce our obligations with sobriety and strategic patience, but despite all our efforts, we are obliged by law to do so, but if by then the appropriate measures are taken by the Americans and we see the result, then Iran will return to all its obligations, not only will it not block the access of the IAEA inspectors under the Additional Protocol, but it will fulfill its other obligations."

Before that, during a meeting between Zarif and Lavrov, the Iranian Foreign Minister pointing to the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis said: "The Nagorno-Karabakh crisis has been resolved as a joint concern of Tehran and Moscow with the mediation of Russia now it has turned into an opportunity for peace and friendship in the region."

At the beginning of the meeting, Lavrov said: "In today's meeting, we will address key issues such as the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, the JCPOA, Syria crisis, Afghanistan, and the situation in the Persian Gulf and other issues."

Lavrov added that new US President Joe Biden has expressed interest in negotiating a return to the Iran nuclear deal, but that Washington is not yet seeking talks with Tehran.

"Both Moscow and Tehran are interested in the full implementation of the nuclear deal because rescuing it is one of the most critical issues on the agenda," Lavrov said.

Zarif also thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for establishing peace in Nagorno-Karabakh and said: "The Nagorno-Karabakh crisis was a joint concern of Tehran and Moscow, which was resolved with the mediation of Russia and has now become an opportunity for peace and friendship in the region."


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