Published: Thu, November 02, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Leader receives Azerbayjan's Ilham Aliyev

Leader receives Azerbayjan's Ilham Aliyev

Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Ilham Aliyev are speaking before the press after trilateral talks in the Iranian capital on Wednesday.

Putin met Iranian political leaders in an effort to nurture a warming relationship strengthened since U.S. President Donald Trump threatened recently to abandon the global nuclear deal with Iran reached in 2015.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Putin also expressed solidarity with Iran regarding the two countries' cooperation in the ongoing conflict in nearby Syria.

"We proved to the world that we are able to resolve our region's highly important issues without (any help from) extra-regional countries", he said.

Ilham Aliyev was the second president to be received by the Leader in Tehran as President Putin of Russian Federation met with Ayatollah Khamenei an hour earlier.

Iran and Russian Federation are the main allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the United States, Turkey and most Arab states support rebel groups fighting to overthrow him.

Since the start of the year Russian Federation has looked to cement the gains from its game-changing intervention by spearheading the peace push at talks in Kazakhstan, positioning itself as a broker between key players Iran and Turkey and largely bypassing the West.

Russian Federation is one of the signatories to the landmark nuclear accord under which Tehran agreed to curb its atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief.

"In our relations with Iran, we are absolutely resolute and will not allow anyone to interfere in the relations between the two countries and disrupt them", underlined Aliyev.

The lifting of the sanctions under the nuclear deal has opened Iran up for business and Russian firms are competing to bolster their involvement in the country.

Tehran and Moscow "have been working productively and managed to coordinate positions on the issue", Putin said.

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