Khameni: Tehran and Moscow can ‘contain the US together

Tehran and Moscow can ‘contain the US together,’ Iran’s Khamenei tells Putin.

Iran and Russia have worked well together in Syria, showing promise that the two nations can also contain America’s global ambitions, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Iranian news agency Fars reported. He said Iran and Russia have many areas for bilateral cooperation, including energy and the development of railroad infrastructure in Iran by Russian engineers.

Hossein Jaberi Ansari, a top aide to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, said on Thursday that three “fundamental principles” should be observed, Tehran Times reported. “First, terrorists should be cleaned out in this region,” he said. “The second principle is that Idlib is part of Syria’s territory, and like other regions in the country, it should be ruled by the central government. The third principle, which is very important for Iran, is the humanitarian side of the issue due to presence of two to three million Syrians in this region.”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said militants in Idlib were “systematically destroying infrastructure” in an attempt to undercut the offensive, TASS news agency reported. She accused the rebels of arresting civil activists, blocking their exit from the province through humanitarian corridors and kidnapping villagers.

In a possible reference to Iran and Turkey, Zakharova said: “We expect that those partners, who do influence these events, will contribute to attaining this goal by helping to separate the opposition units, which are ready to join the political settlement process, from terrorists.”

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