Azerbaijani, Russian and Iranian presidents to meet in Tehran today

Iran's Leader Ayatollah Khamenei received Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan Republic, on Wednesday in Tehran.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Tehran November 1, 2017.

The president pointed out that Iran and Russian Federation have contributed to not only fighting terrorism in Syria, but have been successfully involved in a peaceful negotiations process to solve the crisis, having paved the way for political settlement in the war-torn country.

"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.

Late on Wednesday, Tehran hosted a summit attended by Iranian, Russian and Azerbaijan's presidents, which focused on boosting trade between the three sides, particularly the International North-South Transport Corridor project.

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. The two countries are in favour of new elections in Syria, albeit with al-Assad's participation.

Iran's Leader also called for resistance against the (opponents') temptations and sabotage saying that bilateral ties and cooperation must be expanded in different fields in a highly motivated way. I would like to stress that we are working with Iran in a very productive way.

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.

"We are managing to coordinate our positions on the Syrian issue", Putin said.

"We believe it is by no means justifiable to unilaterally terminate the deal", he said, adding that the agreement has nothing to do with Iran's defense and missile programs.

  • Rogelio Becker