|Iran hails expansion of ties with China||
TEHRAN – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the Iranian government attaches special importance to its relations with China and hailed expansion of ties with the country.
Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with the new ambassador of China to Tehran Pang Sen on Saturday.
He expressed hope that the relations in all areas, specifically economic ones, would be expanded.
Commenting on the talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), Zarif said Iran upholds its people’s rights.
If some countries on the 5+1 group avoid making excessive demands, it will be possible to reach an agreement, he stated.
Iran and the 5+1 group ended an intense round of nuclear talks in Vienna on Friday after making progress in the process of drafting the text of a final deal to resolve the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
For his part, the Chinese ambassador said the Western side should be realistic enough in order to reach a final and comprehensive deal in nuclear talks.
He also condemned actions taken by terrorist groups in Iraq and said that China is keen to extend cooperation with Iran, specifically in the fight against terrorism.
Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, with a support by Baathists, have captured several areas in northern and western Iraq and are threatening to dismember the country and unleash all-out sectarian warfare with no regard for national borders.
The ISIL militants have vowed to continue their military offensive until they reach Baghdad, but Iraqi forces and around 1.5 million volunteers succeeded in halting the terrorists’ advance and pushing the militants back.
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