Rouhani Meets Putin, Hails Iranian-Russian Cooperation on War against Daesh in Syria

TEHRAN – Presidents of Iran and Russia held talks in a meeting in Kazakhstan, stressing the need for expansion of Tehran-Moscow relations in various issues of mutual interest.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met in the Kazakh city of Aktau on the sidelines of the 5th Caspian summit on Sunday.

Highlighting the advantages of Iran-Russia interaction in the Caspian Sea, President Rouhani urged collective efforts to turn the Caspian Sea into the “sea of peace and friendship” and a place for closer cooperation among the five littoral states, Tasnim News Agency reported.

‘Milestone Event’: Five States Sign Historic Deal on Status of Caspian Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the Caspian Sea summit in Kazakhstan which he said has “milestone” significance. There five littoral powers finally made a breakthrough on trade, security and environment following 20 years of talks.

This year’s meeting has been “an extraordinary, milestone event,” Russian President Vladimir Putin told his counterparts in Kazakhstan’s port city of Aktau, where the summit took place. Leaders of the Caspian Five came there to seal a convention on the legal status of the sea washing shores of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan, RT reported.

Iran, US Officials Won't Meet on Sidelines of UNGA Meeting, Says Zarif

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected media reports of a possible meeting between Iranian and American officials on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting.

Asked about the likelihood of such an encounter in New York, Zarif told Iran's Tasnim news agency on Saturday that there would be no meeting.

"No. No meeting is expected to take place," he said.

The remarks came days after US President Donald Trump signaled his willingness to hold talks with Iranian officials “anytime they want.”

EU Calls on Saudis to Clarify Women Rights Activists' Detentions

The EU has called on Saudi Arabia to clarify on the circumstances concerning the detentions of women rights activists.

"The EU has been engaging constructively with the Saudi authorities seeking clarification on the circumstances surrounding the arrests of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, notably with regard to the specific accusations brought against them," said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini's stockwoman on Saturday, Press T.V reported.

"We have been emphasizing the relevance of the role of human rights defenders and civil society groups in the process of reform which the Kingdom is pursuing as well as the importance of respecting the rules of due process for all those arrested," she added.

5 littoral states must reach consensus over all legal regimes of Sea: Rouhani

TEHRAN– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Convention on Caspian Sea's Legal Status will urge all legal regimes of the sea to be implemented through unanimous decisions made by its 5 littoral states.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani briefed media prior to departing Mehrabad airport to attend the Caspian Sea summit in which a number of important and strategic documents for cooperation will be signed by the five countries bordering the sea.

Rouhani described Caspian Summit in Kazakhstan as an important event and pointed out that the reason is the basic principles to be discussed in relation to the Caspian Sea legal status,

New Possible US Sanctions against Russia Completely Illegitimate, a Declaration of Economic War

MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin and the permanent members of the national Security Council have discussed new possible US sanctions against Moscow, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

According to him, "there was a discussion of new unfriendly steps on the part of Washington, which may take the form of trade restrictions." The meeting’s participants "emphasized the complete illegitimacy of such actions from the standpoint of international law," Peskov added, according to Itar Tass.

Zakharova: General situation in Syria positively enhancing


Moscow - Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that general situation in Syria and its dynamic development is positively enhancing.

Zakharova said in a press briefing in Moscow on Thursday that the general situation in Syria and its dynamic development is positively enhancing as the hotbeds of terrorism have been fully destroyed in southwest Syria, control over the border with Jordan established and the reconciliation process in the liberated areas from the terrorists underway, SANA reported.

Peskov: Responsibility for financing terrorism lies with countries supporting remaining terrorists in Syria


Moscow - Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov affirmed that the question of financing terrorism should be directed to the countries that support the remaining terrorist groups in Syria, SANA reported.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Peskov commented on the proposal submitted by a number of US senators to classify Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism by saying that “many hotheads work in the legislative bodies of different countries. And certainly these heads sometimes allow very emotional statements beyond common sense. We each time closely monitor them and try to understand how much this has to do with a country’s official position.”