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Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Friday that Tehran coordinates positions on its military presence in Syria with Moscow and Damascus.

In a statement on Thursday, the Kremlin said the meeting between Putin and Velayati focused on regional security, particularly the situation in Syria, and the US withdrawal from the 2015 worldwide nuclear deal. USA withdrawal from the multinational nuclear deal with Iran was also on the agenda, the Kremlin said in a statement. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who views Iran as Israel's arch-enemy and strongly backs Trump's decision to quit the nuclear deal, was also visiting Moscow on Wednesday.

When President Donald Trump meets Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday, the Syrian conflict will be one of the most immediately pressing issues on a wide-ranging and colorful agenda.

But a senior U.S. lawmaker warned that Iranian forces and Hezbollah may be inextricably linked to the Assad regime, and said he was skeptical of Russia's ability to influence the matter.

Trump earlier said he planned to raise the topics of Syria, Ukraine, arms control, and allegations of Russian meddling in USA elections during the Monday talks.

"A public deal that accepts Assad in return for limiting Iranian influence implicitly if not explicitly gives him some legitimacy", Kamel said.

Both the USA and Israel want Iran to pull out of Syria, while Russian Federation has warned it would be unrealistic to expect Iran to fully withdraw from the country. Velayati was speaking at a forum in Moscow.

An Argentine federal judge investigating the 1994 Buenos Aires AMIA Jewish center bombing has asked Russian officials to arrest a high-level Iranian adviser to the country's supreme leader in connection with the attack. "Our opinion is that Iran needs to leave Syria - that's not new to you".

"We will counter the Americans powerfully", he said.

He also praised Russia's support for Iran at the worldwide level, especially in the United Nations, adding that bilateral relations in the defense, political, economic and nuclear fields indicate a long-term cooperation program between the two countries.

Would Iran accept a deal?

A two-hour meeting between the two discussed the future of Iranian-Russian relations, especially the future of oil cooperation as US Economic sanctions close in on Iran. In exchange, Iran received relief from sanctions.



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