Israel again fires Patriot missile at drone from Syria

Israeli troops patrol near the northern border with Syria

Ali Akbar Velayati, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's top adviser on worldwide affairs, smiles as he listens to questions from the media during a news conference after meeting with Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the government palace in Beirut May 18, 2015.

An Iranian delegation led by Ali Akbar Velayati met Putin in the Russian capital on July 12, the Kremlin said. As a result of the 2015 nuclear deal, a number of Western energy companies entered the Iranian energy sector.

He said that after the US' withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was a strategic mistake made by the USA president, the Islamic Republic of Iran chose to send special envoys to convey the messages of top Iranian leaders to other countries.

Both countries emphasized continuation of Astana talks between Iran, Russia and Turkey, he said.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said Velayati will also pay a visit to China to convey messages from Ayatollah Khamenei and Rouhani to Chinese leaders.

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"A frank dialogue with Russian leaders at the highest levels and exchanging views can lead to the views of the two countries moving closer and help in finding ways to increase stability and security in the region and confront the improper policies of America and its allies", Amir-Abdollahian, a former deputy foreign minister, said on Wednesday, according to state media.

A US State Department official said this month that Washington's goal was to get as many countries as possible down to zero Iranian oil imports. Asked about Netanyahu's visit, Velayati said: "His presence or absence in Russian Federation has no effect on our strategic mission in Moscow".

This comes just one day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Iran to withdraw its troops from Syria. He said Iran and Russian Federation will maintain their military presence in Syria to make sure terrorists will not resurge.

While speculations are rife about a US-Russia deal to put an end to the Iranian presence in Syria, coinciding with Israeli premier's visit to Moscow, Velayati commented: "Netanyahu's visit to Moscow won't have an effect on our strategic mission there" pointing out that "no one cares what the later (Netanyahu) will have to say" as he put it.

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