Leaders of Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan Hold Presser in Tehran (LIVE VIDEO)

Violet Powell
November 2, 2017

The presidents of Iran, Russia, and Azerbaijan have called on all parties to the 2015 global nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers to adhere to their commitments.

The talks in Tehran are to focus on regional matters, as well as terrorism and security issues.

Within the framework of the meeting, the presidents are expected to hold bilateral meetings as well.

Pointing to some of the cooperation between two countries in the fields of culture, economy, investment, energy and transportation and his government's efforts to build mosques, Aliyev said, "we are strengthening our economic and cultural relation with Iran and we are determined these relations be stable and lasting".

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support for the Iran nuclear deal on an official visit to Tehran on Wednesday, in what Iran's leadership has interpreted as a rejection of USA policy.

"Unilateral dismantling of the nuclear deal under any excuse is not acceptable", Putin said. "The joint cooperation and consultations are very important in the final stages too".

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At the summit, Rouhani said interaction between the three countries helps promote regional cooperation and stability, adding that Iran "welcomes any idea and mechanism that could strengthen relations among Tehran, Moscow and Baku".

Russian President Vladimir Putin exits his plane on arrival at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017.

He also expressed the hope to have a meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow in the near future. The project is estimated to cost some $8.5 billion, with each reactor producing 1,057 megawatts of electricity.

In the meeting, Rouhani praised Russia's role in protecting the 2015 nuclear deal, which faces the fierce opposition of US President Donald Trump. The other parties to the accord - Britain, China, France, Germany and the European Union - also have all urged Trump to stay in the deal.

Rouhani also said Tehran will welcome Russian investors and private firms willing to undertake development and other projects in Iran.

"Active cooperation has been maintained within the Gas Exporting Countries Forum", where Russian Federation and Iran are the organization's members, while Azerbaijan is an observer.

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