30 December 201914:16

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif, Moscow, December 30, 2019


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Mr Minister,


We are delighted to welcome you to Moscow so close to New Year’s Eve. We are grateful to you for this meeting, because it seems very well-timed, primarily in the context of the developments surrounding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s Nuclear Programme (JCPOA). As we know, the JCPOA was approved by UN Security Council resolutions, yet the United States quite arrogantly withdrew from this agreement, and, worse still, is in fact prohibiting the rest of the JCPOA members, and indeed all UN member states, from implementing the resolution that cemented that international agreement. We are eager to exchange views today on how we can help prevent the collapse of the JCPOA.

We are also worried about the growing tension in the Gulf region. We can see how some of our Western colleagues are trying to artificially escalate the tension. To counterbalance such attempts, Russia and Iran, in turn, propose establishing equal, mutually beneficial cooperation in this most important region. Russia has proposed the collective security concept in the Persian Gulf. Our Iranian friends have introduced the Hormuz Peace Endeavor. Both proposals are aimed at joining efforts to stabilise the region. We believe that we are moving in the right direction.

It will also be beneficial today to exchange assessments of what is happening in Syria and our efforts towards a settlement of the conflict, including cooperation within the Astana format framework.

We will discuss the state of our bilateral affairs, first of all, in the context of the agreements reached by President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, especially in regard to trade, economic and humanitarian cooperation. We have a pretty busy agenda to get through.


















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