The two presidents discussed in detail the Syrian crisis, particularly the situation around Aleppo. They stressed the need for joint efforts to facilitate the launch of a real political process to bring about a swift resolution of the conflict in Syria. In this context, the organisation in Astana of talks between Syrian government representatives and members of the moderate opposition could be a major step forward.
Mr Putin and Mr Rouhani also discussed current matters concerning bilateral relations in light of the positive results of the Russian-Iranian Permanent Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation held in Tehran on December 11–13.
The two leaders agreed on upcoming contacts at various levels.