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Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran to discuss efforts to counter terrorism, drug trafficking

October 31, 2017, 18:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Tehran on November 1

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MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. The Russian, Azerbaijani and Iranian presidents will discuss joint efforts to combat terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and transnational crime during the summit in Tehran on November 1, the Kremlin press service reported in the run-up to the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Tehran.

"During the exchange of views on pressing international and regional issues, special attention will be paid to coordination of joint efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking and transnational crime," the press service said.

The presidential administration noted that the parties "are seeking to pursue a coordinated policy in the global hydrocarbon markets. Active cooperation has been maintained within the Gas Exporting Countries Forum," where Russia and Iran are the organization’s members, while Azerbaijan is an observer.

The presidents will also talk about the prospects for developing cultural and humanitarian ties, tourist and youth exchanges, contacts in the field of sports and expanding direct ties between the three countries’ regions, the Kremlin noted.

"The leaders are expected to make a joint statement after the summit, which will reflect the key areas of further cooperation between the three countries," the press service said.

Situation in Syria and around Iran’s nuclear programs will be in focus of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s talks with the Iranian leaders, the Kremlin press service said.

"During talks with the Iranian leaders, it is planned to discuss a wide range of issues of the international agenda, including current regional problems, in particular the situation in Syria. It is also planned to discuss issues related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to settle the situation around the Iranian nuclear program," the Kremlin said.

Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said earlier in the day that in Teheran the Russian president will meet with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, and Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "The Syrian issue will be on the agenda of the talks tomorrow, primarily in the Russian-Iranian format," he said, adding that other topics for discussion will include cooperation in the energy sector.

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