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Rouhani, Putin discuss key bilateral, regional, int’l topics / Iranian, Russian Presidents discuss Hormuz Peace Endeavour (HOPE) Initiative
The Presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation met on the sidelines of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Summit in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Tuesday evening to discuss the most important bilateral, regional and international issues.
Dr Hassan Rouhani and Mr Vladimir Putin discussed the nuclear agreement (JCPOA), as well as security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz and the Hormuz Peace Endeavour (HOPE) Initiative.
Dr Rouhani described the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as an efficient model for the success of multilateral diplomacy in resolving international issues, stressing, “The success of this agreement requires the full implementation of all its signatories' commitments and the support of all countries for its implementation”.
The president reiterated that Iran expects the signatories to the agreement to take action and that Moscow's role in the matter is important.
Dr Rouhani also described maintaining peace and stability in the region, including the Persian Gulf, and ensuring freedom and security of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz the definitive policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, saying, “Sustainable security and peace in the Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz can only be achieved with the participation of regional states”.
On the Hormuz Peace Endeavour (HOPE) initiative, the President described its purpose as to promote peace, stability, progress and prosperity for all residents along the Strait of Hormuz, and to promote mutual understanding and peaceful and friendly relations between them, stating, "The initiative encompasses various areas of cooperation such as security, energy, freedom of navigation and the free transfer of oil and other resources to and from the Strait of Hormuz”.
At the same meeting, the Russian President reiterated his support for the nuclear deal and stressed that Moscow is making every effort to urge all parties to the agreement fully fulfil their obligations.
Vladimir Putin welcomed the start of Iran's official membership in economic relations with the Eurasian Economic Union, calling it a ground for further regional integration and development.
The Presidents of Iran and Russia also emphasised strengthening Tehran-Moscow relations in all areas of interest.