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Iranian Supreme Leader's Adviser Hails 'Very Constructive' Meeting With Putin

13 July 2018

Argentina's government voiced its frustration with Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration on Thursday, after Moscow ignored a formal request from an Argentine judge to arrest a senior visiting Iranian official implicated in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

Velayati is in Russian Federation as a special adviser to President Hassan Rouhani and will travel to China on Friday, so the same request has also been made to Chinese authorities, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Ali Akbar Velayati is to give Putin a message from Iran's Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.

Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in Moscow on Wednesday, Velayati pointed to Netanyahu's upcoming visit to the Russian Federation and said, "He is an itinerant person who travels to somewhere in the world every day".

According to The New Yorker, Israel has joined forces with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and suggested to Trump that the U.S. should offer to cancel the sanctions it imposed on Russia four years ago, following Russia's annexation of the Crimea, in exchange for Russian action to remove Iranian forces from Syria.

"Therefore, his presence or absence in Russian Federation has no effect on our strategic mission", he added.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday that the letters are aimed at "emphasizing the importance of expanded relations between Iran and Russia".

During those talks, Putin told Ayatollah Khamenei that Iran was "a strategic partner" and a "great neighbor", stressing that he would welcome any potential to fully bolster and expand bilateral relations.

Velayati also said Iran and Russian Federation would "continue to cooperate in Syria", where both countries support President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the seven-year civil war there.

His visit comes as Iran braces for renewed US economic sanctions.

Velayati reaffirmed Iran's firm intention to maintain its presence in Syria, but skirted a question about a possible pullback from the border, saying only that Tehran won't bow to USA and Israeli coercion.

Apart from the United States, the other signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear accord - Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain - have said they still support the deal.

Tehran has conditioned its stay in the deal to practical European strides to make sure Iran's dividends from the deal would not be affected when USA sanctions "snap back" in August.

Iranian Supreme Leader's Adviser Hails 'Very Constructive' Meeting With Putin