Top adviser to Iran’s Khamenei says meeting with Putin was ‘very constructive’

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, shakes hands with Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Updated 12 July 2018
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Top adviser to Iran’s Khamenei says meeting with Putin was ‘very constructive’

  • The top adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Russia is important strategic partner
  • Supreme leader's adviser says Russia is prepared to invest in Iran’s oil sector

ANKARA: The top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday had been “very constructive and friendly” and that Moscow would invest in the Iranian oil sector.
“Our leader (Khamenei) values improving ties with Russia as a strategic partner ... This path will continue ... Russia is prepared to invest in Iran’s oil sector,” the adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, told Iranian state television from Moscow.
“Iran and Russia will continue to cooperate in Syria,” he added. The two countries support President Bashar Assad’s forces in the Syrian civil war.


Iraq’s president visits Iran weeks after US renews sanctions

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Iraq’s president visits Iran weeks after US renews sanctions

TEHRAN, Iran: Iraq’s president is visiting Iran less than two weeks after the United States restored oil sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
State TV says Barham Salih arrived Saturday and met with his Iranian counterpart, President Hassan Rouhani.
Iran, which has had major influence over Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, is hoping to maintain exports to its neighbor despite the renewed sanctions. Iraq is Iran’s second-largest market after China, buying everything from food and machinery to electricity and natural gas.
Trade between the two countries was some $7 billion in 2017, and they have vowed to boost it to $8.5 billion this year.