The State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee held a joint meeting with the Iranian Mejlis Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy behind closed doors via videoconferencing. As part of the agenda, they discussed the influence of the factor of the change of administration in the United States on the regional component, security problems in the Persian Gulf, as well as the role of parliaments in the development of economic cooperation between Russia and Iran.
The situation around the JCPOA, the Iranian “nuclear deal”, was separately touched upon. The Russian side reaffirmed its commitment to its implementation. The question was also raised about the incoming signals from the Joe Biden administration regarding the possible return of the United States to the JCPOA. In this context, it was said about the inadmissibility of putting forward additional conditions and requirements to the Iranian side within the framework of the agreement of 2015, approved by a separate resolution of the UN Security Council. Moreover, as the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky emphasized, Tehran has repeatedly declared the reversible nature of all its steps taken after the decision of ex-US President Trump to withdraw from the “nuclear deal” on May 8, 2018.
Representatives of the Mejlis of Iran spoke for stepping up cooperation with Russia. The parties agreed to develop inter-parliamentary dialogue in the spirit of strategic Russian-Iranian partnership.