TEHRAN, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- A top Iranian security official said on Wednesday that cooperation should continue between Tehran and Moscow in the area of counter-terrorism, especially in Syria.
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Akbar Ahmadian made the remarks in a meeting with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in Moscow, according to a statement published on the website of the Iranian embassy in Russia.
Ahmadian stressed that the fight against different forms of terrorism should continue decisively, expressing gratitude to Russian President Vladimir Putin and high-ranking officials for extending sympathies to Iranians in the wake of a recent deadly terrorist attack in Iran's southeastern Kerman city, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.
The SNSC chief called for an end to Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip and condemned the attacks, describing Russia's stance on the conflict in Gaza as "constructive."
Patrushev, for his part, condemned Kerman's terrorist twin bombings, which took place on Jan. 3 and resulted in the deaths of more than 90 people, and expressed condolences to the Iranian people and government.
He pointed to the completion of the Russia-Iran long-term comprehensive cooperation document, stressing that it would pave the way for bilateral strategic cooperation and lift relations between Moscow and Tehran to a new level.
The Iranian security official arrived in Moscow on Tuesday night on a visit at the invitation of his Russian counterpart. ■