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Putin and Bush discuss Iran nuclear programme

The presidents of Russia and the United States discussed Iran in a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 09:03 IST

The presidents of Russia and the United States discussed Iran in a telephone conversation Tuesday, calling for further international efforts to resolve the standoff with Tehran over its disputed nuclear program, the Kremlin said.

The conversation between US President George W Bush and Russia's Vladimir Putin came as foreign ministers of the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany planned to meet Thursday to consider proposals intended to reward Iran if it gives up uranium enrichment and punish it if it does not.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice also discussed Iran's nuclear program "in light of the upcoming international contacts on this question," the Foreign Ministry said. Both calls were initiated by the US, Russian authorities said.

Bush and Putin also discussed the Middle East peace process and other international issues, the Kremlin said in a brief statement, but it suggested the focus was on Iran. "Both leaders spoke in favour of the further development of international efforts in the interests of resolving the Iranian nuclear problem," it said.