Russia and Iran talked up ties between two nations at the UN Assembly

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talked up ties between their two nations on Monday at the 70th United Nations General Assembly.

Putin called for the formation of a “broader, general” coalition to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

“I would like to note that our relations are developing quite actively,” Putin told Rouhani at a meeting, “as for our cooperation, we are satisfied with it, including in the international arena, in the fight against terrorism.”

He added “strengthening statehood” is to a way to combat Islamist militants, citing the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, which made the country a breeding ground for militias and jihadists including ISIS.

Rouhani said that two countries “play a very important role” in ensuring security of the region.

“All in the world now understand that without solving the problems of the Middle East those problems will spill into other regions and engulf the entire world,” he added.