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Iran calls for Ukraine dialogue on war as it hosts Russia security chief

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani sits in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, on June 12, 2021. (Vahid Salemi/AP)
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani sits in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, on June 12, 2021. (Vahid Salemi/AP)

Iran’s top security official Ali Shamkhani calls for dialogue to end the war in Ukraine during a meeting in Tehran with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev.

“Iran supports any initiative leading to a ceasefire and peace between Russia and Ukraine based on dialogue,” Shamkhani is quoted as saying by the official news agency IRNA.

The Islamic Republic is “ready to play a role in ending the war,” the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council adds.

The statement comes after Kyiv and its Western allies accused Russia in recent weeks of using Iranian-made drones to carry out attacks in Ukraine.

Russia’s Security Council says the two officials “discussed in detail bilateral cooperation in the field of law enforcement, including public security and the fight against terrorism and extremism.”

“In addition, they discussed measures to counter the interference of Western special services in the internal affairs of the two countries,” it says.

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