Rouhani Discusses Boosting Cooperation with Russia After US-Led Strike in Syria

Rouhani Discusses Boosting Cooperation with Russia After US-Led Strike in Syria

Monday, 16 April, 2018 - 08:45
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Credit: Reuters
London, Tehran- Asharq Al Awsat
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held telephone consultations with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, urging the two countries to step up their moves in Syria in response to US-led moves by Western countries.

On the other hand, Putin expressed Moscow's commitment to the tripartite cooperation with Tehran and Ankara to reach a solution in Syria.

The attack by America and its allies shows new problems and issues in the course of decisive confrontation with terrorism in Syria are rising, and they require increased consultations and cooperation, Rouhani told Putin.

Rouhani stressed his country's preparedness to boost bilateral cooperation with Russia and tripartite frameworks with Ankara to resolve the crisis in Syria, accusing Western countries having no desire to allow for stabilizing Syria “easily.”

More so, Rouhani labeled the three-way attack by the US, France and Britain on sites in Syria as an “aggression” and that it “comes within the framework of raising the terrorists’ morale.”

Rouhani said the US-led strike was proof of Washington's close relationship with what he described as “terrorist groups” and in retaliation to frustration caused by “terrorists losing control over an important area like the eastern Ghouta."

Speaking to Rouhani by telephone the day after US-led strikes on suspected chemical weapons facilities, Putin said “if such actions, carried out in violation of the United Nations Charter, are repeated, that would inevitably provoke chaos in international relations,” according to a statement from the Kremlin.

"The leaders exchanged views on the situation following the missile strike on Syria delivered by the United States and its allies. They agreed that this illegal activity is adversely impacting prospects for a political settlement in Syria.

On another hand, parliament’s Foreign Policy and National Security Committee member Mohammad Jawad Jamali in a Sunday closed-door meeting, and in the presence of Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force leaders, assessed the situation in Syria after the US-led strike.

“The National Security Committee is considering developments in Syria and the recent attack, in the presence of Quds Force leaders and officials affiliated with the Syrian file in the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Jamali said in a statement to the government.

Iranian news agency ISNA reported that Jamali remained reserved around the sessions’ outcome and gave no further details.

The meeting came days after at least four Iranians were killed at the T-4 military airport in the Syrian province of Homs, a city about 162 kilometers north of Damascus.

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