Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif, Moscow, September 24, 2020
Mr Minister, friends,
We are pleased to welcome you to Moscow again.
We have been meeting regularly over the past four months. Today is our third meeting. These numbers reflect the intensity and trust-based nature of our dialogue on bilateral affairs and our interaction in the international arena.
Everything that we are discussing remains under constant personal control of our presidents. We share the understanding of how we should be moving forward with regard to bilateral cooperation projects and to our joint actions in the international arena (in particular, at the UN), including, primarily, the situation related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear programme (JCPOA).
To our great regret, the situation around the JCPOA is escalating. Our US colleagues are trying to promote unacceptable, unilateral, illegal and illegitimate ideas that are not supported by the UN Security Council.
We are working with all JCPOA participants who remain committed to this important document. Our meeting today will help outline additional steps in this area.
We will review other items on the international agenda and focus particularly on the Syrian settlement in terms of initiatives and decisions that are being taken as part of the Astana process and are aimed at promoting the necessary actions that will ensure full implementation of UNSC Resolution 2254.
It is important for us to exchange our conceptual views on ways to counteract the very alarming trends on the foreign policy front, including at the UN, where we can see the attempts to undermine the key foundations of international law and to promote approaches that question universal formats, which have for many years been used to promote dialogue on important matters of our time.
Once again, welcome.