Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hossien Amir-Abdollahian.

The two Foreign Ministers had a detailed discussion on current issues related to bilateral cooperation in the follow-up to the extensive talks between the presidents of the two countries that took place in Moscow on December 7. They agreed to expedite the work on completing the coordination of a new grand interstate treaty, which has reached a high degree of readiness.

A particular focus was on current developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict zone. The Ministers expressed shared concern over the conflict’s ongoing escalation and the deterioration in the humanitarian situation in Gaza. They also stressed the importance of brokering an immediate ceasefire and providing emergency assistance to the civilian victims of hostilities, as well as urging the UN to use its influence in this regard.

by Andrei Balitskil