Ali-Akbar Ahmadian, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, has reaffirmed Tehran’s dedication to continuing and bolstering its cooperation with Moscow in the ongoing fight against terrorism.
The announcement came following a high-level meeting between Ahmadian and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev in Moscow, where discussions centred on the imperative of sustained joint efforts, particularly in countering terrorism, with a notable emphasis on the complex situation in Syria.
The Iranian embassy in Moscow released a statement encapsulating the positive sentiment surrounding the talks, underscoring the success and effectiveness of the existing collaboration between Iran and Russia in combating terrorism. Ahmadian, who was in Moscow at the invitation of Patrushev, highlighted the significance of maintaining and fortifying this strategic partnership, acknowledging its pivotal role in addressing shared security concerns.
The discussions between the two security officials unfolded against the backdrop of recent terrorist attacks in Iran, notably the tragic incident in Kerman on January 3. During a ceremony commemorating the late Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General Qasem Soleimani, who was assassinated by a US drone strike near Baghdad airport on the same day in 2020, two explosions occurred. The Islamic State terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack in Kerman, prompting heightened concerns about regional stability and the ongoing threat of terrorism.
In response to this act of terror, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov engaged in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, expressing heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. During the conversation, both ministers reiterated their unwavering determination to continue coordinating bilateral efforts aimed at combatting international terrorism.