Obama, Putin congratulate each other for Iran deal

Moscow (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama spoke on Wednesday, congratulating each other on reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran.

The Kremlin issued a statement following a telephone conversation between Putin and Obama, a call the White House also confirmed.
"Both sides stressed that the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program meets the interests of the entire international community, helping strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime and decreasing tensions in the Middle East. In this respect, the presidents emphasized the role of Russian-U.S. dialogue in ensuring security and stability in the world," according to the statement.
    Putin and Obama "expressed a mutual intention to continue joint work in the interest of sustainable implementation of the Vienna agreements, as well as certain other current international matters, including countering international terrorism," according to the Kremlin statement.
    The two leaders also "congratulated one another on a special date in Russian-American relations: the 40th anniversary since the Soyuz-Apollo orbital flight."
    The White House announced the call on Wednesday. In a readout of the conversation, the White House said Obama thanked Putin for Russia's role in the Iran nuclear negotiations.
    "The leaders committed to remain in close coordination as the (deal) is operationalized and also expressed a desire to work together on reducing regional tensions, particularly in Syria," according to the White House.