Iran's president to meet with Putin; economic ties on agenda

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani center attends a session of Iran’s Assembly of Experts in Tehran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani center attends a session of Iran’s Assembly of Experts in Tehran

"The development of our relations is not directed against third countries".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Syrian peace talks sponsored by Tehran, Russia and Turkey would continue in Kazakhstan without specifying a date for the next round of negotiations.

Iran's production stood at about 3.7 million barrels a day in the last quarter of 2016, according to independent sources used by OPEC.

Rouhani, who is visiting at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is leading a high-level delegation.

In a joint statement, Putin and Rouhani welcomed an OPEC agreement to cut oil production in order to drive up slumping petroleum prices, which both Russian Federation and Iran have signed on to.

After arriving on Monday Rouhani met Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, with the Iranian president saying he hoped his visit would mark a "new turning point" in relations, Russian state media reported. Earlier on Tuesday Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told reporters in Moscow that a global deal is likely to be extended, but time was needed to discuss the subject thoroughly.

"As for the JCPOA, cooperation between our countries will be continued".

"Relations between Iran and Russian Federation are aimed at promoting regional stability and the two countries' main objective is to promote regional peace and tranquility", he said during the news conference, according to the Press TV.

He noted that the two countries had agreed to press ahead with the campaign against terrorist groups operating in the region, particularly Daesh and al-Nusra front.

Russia, along with Turkey and Iran, are spearheading a peace effort for the Syrian civil war. "The political and military relations right now between the Islamic Republic and Russian Federation are the strongest that we've seen ever", said Ellie Geranmayeh, a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Rouhani's plane landed at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport.

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