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Meeting with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani

June 9, 2018, Qingdao

Vladimir Putin met with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Qingdao.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, colleagues,

I am pleased to see you.

Iran has long been involved in the work of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. We are aware of your desire to join our organisation. You know Russia’s position on this issue. We will support your aspiration.

As for bilateral relations, I would like to say that our trade is growing, which is good news. There are good prospects.

We will also discuss other issues, of course, including regional stability and security. We have been working well together to settle the Syrian crisis. This is an issue for discussion because of the practical results achieved.

I am pleased to have this opportunity to work with you on the sidelines of this international event, within the SCO framework.

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani (retranslated): Thank you very much, Mr President.

I am also glad to have this opportunity to meet with you on the sidelines of the summit.

I must say that the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is a very influential association that ensures security in this region, and Iran has been quite active in recent years in cooperating with this organisation.

I must express my gratitude for your position on admitting Iran as a full member of this organisation. As for our bilateral relations with the great Russia, our good neighbour, I must say that they are developing every day. Bilateral relations between our countries are unique and special, because they cover all levels and all issues.

As for the nuclear agreements, I must say that the Russian Federation has played a very important and constructive role in the implementation of these agreements. I also think that a more serious and more profound dialogue between our two countries is needed with regard to the United States’ illegal withdrawal from these agreements.

Our interaction in matters of security and stability in this region is growing more tangible with every day. I think you will agree with me that the Iranian-Russian cooperation in the fight against terrorism and various extremist groups has proved to be quite successful, and our cooperation plays a very strong and influential role in this region.

Several multilateral cooperation formats have already been established between Russia, Iran and other countries and we are deeply involved in this work.

Thank you.


June 9, 2018, Qingdao