Rouhani, Putin to discuss sensitive issues: Moscow

Rouhani, Putin to discuss sensitive issues: Moscow

Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:46AM GMT

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are to sit down for talks on key bilateral and international issues.

Kremlin foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov said on Wednesday that the meeting will take place on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, on Friday.

“Naturally, the main focus will be on strengthening trade and economic ties,” Ushakov further said.
This comes as Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said during the 11th round of Iran-Russia Trade Cooperation Commission talks in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Tuesday that the two sides have signed projects worth 70 billion euros to further develop mutual trade and economic ties.

“I don’t rule out that the most sensitive problems will be raised at the presidential level,” Ushakov noted, adding that the two sides might also talk about the issue of defense-related technologies at the bilateral meeting.

Rouhani and Putin will also touch on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program as well as the ongoing crisis in Iraq and Syria, the Russian official further said.

President Rouhani traveled to Tajikistan for a three-day visit on Wednesday to participate at the SCO summit.

The SCO is an intergovernmental organization that was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Iran, along with four other countries, holds observer status in the organization.

In March, the Iranian president and his Russian opposite number discussed regional and international developments during a telephone conversation, calling for the expansion of relations between the two countries in all fields.

Rouhani met and held talks on bilateral and international issues with Putin on the sidelines of the SCO summit in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on September 13, 2013.

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