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Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets Iran’s Javad Zarif in Beijing. Getty Images

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived Moscow on Monday as part of a series of diplomatic meetings aimed at saving the Iran nuclear deal following the United States’ withdrawal.

Zarif will be discussing the agreement with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Monday.

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It follows a visit by the Iranian diplomat to Beijing on Sunday where he stressed the importance of keeping the accords, which were signed in 2015 with the aim of both halting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and stimulating the country’s economy.

Lavrov and Zarif will discuss the “possibility of preserving the Iran nuclear deal,” according to Russian state media agency TASS. Moscow has previously stated its strong support for the agreement.

In Beijing, Zarif met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who reiterated Beijing’s support for the deal, according to state media Xinhua.

“China will take an objective, fair and responsible attitude, keep communication and cooperation with all parties concerned, and continue to work to maintain the deal,” Wang said, adding the agreement was “hard-earned.”