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Russia praises Iran’s positive role in clinching nuclear deal
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TEHRAN – Russian President Vladimir Putin has appreciated Iran for its positive and constructive role in the course of negotiations with the world powers on the country’s nuclear program which led to a landmark interim deal.
 
He made the remarks during a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani late on Thursday.
 
Putin also underlined that Moscow would make every effort to achieve a final solution to the standoff on Iran’s nuclear program.
 
Commenting on the talks on Iran’s nuclear program, Rouhani said, “The two sides are at an important stage for reaching final negotiations.”
 
Rouhani hailed the positive role of Russia in reaching the interim agreement and expressed hope that other members of the 5+1 group would also contribute to resolve the standoff through “constructive interaction” and “fulfillment of their commitments.”
 
During the talk, Rouhani and Putin discussed a range of issues including bilateral relations, the latest regional and international developments, and ways to implement the agreements between Tehran and Moscow.
 
In addition, the leaders of the two countries called for the expansion of ties in all areas.
 
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) struck an interim agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country. The deal took effect on January 20.
 
The next round of talks between Iran and the six powers is set to be held in Vienna on March 17.
 
MT/PA 

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