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Iran, Russia security chiefs assert anti-terror fight will continue

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Akbar Ahmadian (2nd-R) meets with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev (3rd-L), in Moscow on January 24, 2024.

The top Iranian and Russian security officials have called for the expansion of bilateral relations in different fields, among them the fight against terrorism.

During a meeting in Moscow, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Akbar Ahmadian and his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, discussed a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues, including security and defense ties between the two countries and Israel’s crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Patrushev condemned the terrorist bomb attacks in the Iranian city of Kerman that killed 95 people and injured hundreds of others on January 3.

He extended condolences to the Iran government and nation overt the bombings, which were carried out by the US-backed Daesh terrorist group near the burial site of Iran’s top anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani.

The Russian security chief also said a long-term cooperation agreement between Iran and Russia is being finalized, adding that the deal will enhance relations and outline the path for strategic cooperation.

“Today, Moscow-Tehran ties are strengthening and upgrading to a new qualitative level in all fields,” he added.

Ahmadian, for his part, appreciated Russia’s expression of sympathy over the Kerman carnage.

He also underlined the need for the continuation of Iran-Russia cooperation in the fight against terrorism, particularly in Syria.

Israel’s crimes against the oppressed Palestinian people, especially those in besieged Gaza, must stop, he asserted.

Israel waged a genocidal war on the Gaza Strip on October 7 after the Palestinian Hamas resistance group carried out a historic operation against the occupying entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

So far, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 25,490 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 63,354 others.

Thousands more are also missing and presumed dead under the rubble in Gaza, which is under “complete siege” by Israel.

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