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Meeting with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani

November 22, 2017, Sochi

Following the meeting with the presidents of Iran and Turkey, Vladimir Putin held a separate bilateral meeting with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President,

I would like to thank you again for making the decision to come to Sochi today. I remember how warmly you received me in Tehran recently. In this regard, please convey my best wishes to the religious leader of Iran, Mr Khamenei.

We cooperate with you in almost all areas of mutual interest. We now have the opportunity to discuss the entire range of our relations.

Once again, of course, I want to note our undeniable progress toward resolving the situation in Syria.

Thank you.

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani (retranslated): Mr President, I am pleased to be in Sochi and to be part of the very useful and timely meeting, which we had here.

I am very grateful for your hospitality and consider this meeting very important for the peace and stability of Syria. I expect that the Syrian National Congress will meet here in Sochi in the near future. This meeting is an important step on our way to making it happen. We will have done something major if we can stop the bloodshed even for an hour and bring peace back to the Syrian land.

I am pleased that, in recent years, the relations between our countries have been good and positive like never before. Our cooperation has been positive not only at the bilateral level, but also regionally and internationally.

Stronger cooperation between us is in the interests of our two nations, the interests of the region and is not directed against third countries. I hope that, in the future, we will be able to take important steps to strengthen our cooperation at the bilateral level, regionally and internationally.

Thank you very much.


November 22, 2017, Sochi