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President Putin met with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami

April 24, 2002, Ashgabat

At the meeting, the Russian President said that Iran made a positive contribution to joint efforts in combating terrorism and pointed with satisfaction to the two countries’ interaction in this sphere, primarily in Afghanistan.

Russia hopes to continue its cooperation with Iran in solving various international problems, Mr Putin said. He also noted that the final decision on Russia’s participation in the summit of the Caspian Group of Five was made after the Iranian President’s visit to Moscow.

During the talks, the Presidents also discussed the situation in the Middle East.

When meeting with the Iranian President, Mr Putin told him that specialists of the Russian Emergencies Ministry were going to fly to the Middle East to help rescue victims of the Israeli operation in the Palestinian territories. He said that Russia had coordinated this step with both the Israeli and Palestinian sides.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s team will work in Jenin and other populated areas of the Palestinian Autonomy. The team include doctors and mine clearing specialists.

April 24, 2002, Ashgabat