|Follow us on:|
Rouhani will meet Putin on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Kyrgyzstan during his first foreign visit after assuming office.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, , “is of great importance to us, and the president is scheduled … to hold bilateral talks with the heads of state who attend [the summit],” foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.
“The Rouhani-Putin meeting will be among the most important programs of the Islamic Republic of Iran in this summit,” the minister added.
After his victory in June, Putin said he was confident Rouhani’s work as Iran’s president “will contribute to the prosperity of friendly Iran and further strengthening of Russian-Iranian relations”.
“The Russian president also confirmed readiness for consistent development of mutually advantageous cooperation with Iran in very diverse fields in the interests of ensuring regional security and international stability,” the Kremlin press office said in June.
Rouhani is widely seen as the right candidate to help unlock Iran’s nuclear impasse with international mediators.
In 2003 when Rouhani served as top nuclear negotiator under former President Mohammad Khatami’s rule, Iran agreed to suspend its controversial enrichment of uranium.
Meanwhile, the SCO Summit this year is set for 13th September.
China, Russia and four Central Asian nations – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – formed the SCO in 2001 as a regional security bloc.
India is an observer in the SCO.