|Iran highlights expansion of ties with China||
TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Iran attaches great importance to expansion of ties with China, pointing to the important status of China in the world.
He made the remarks in a meeting during which he received credentials of the new ambassador of China to Tehran Pang Sen.
Rouhani stated that he sees no impediments to expansion of Iran-China ties.
It is expected that the relations between the two countries would be expanded by the Chinese president’s trip to Iran in the near future, Rouhani added.
Iran is ready to cooperate with China in building oil refineries, Rouhani said.
Commenting on the talks between Iran and the 5+1 groups – the United States, France, Russia, China, Britain, and Germany – he called on China to make more efforts in reaching a final agreement.
For his part, the Chinese ambassador said that China is keen to expand ties with Iran.
Ambassador Pang said Beijing and Tehran share similar views on international issues, adding that China is ready to increase the common ground for cooperation.
Commenting on Iran’s nuclear program, he said China has always insisted that Iran has right to use nuclear energy within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
He went on to say that China opposes unilateral sanctions against Iran, giving assurances that China will back Iran in the upcoming nuclear talks with the major powers.
Iran and the group of 5+1 countries (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) 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. The two sides also agreed to resume nuclear negotiations on July 2 in the Austrian capital.
In separate meetings on Monday, the president also received the credentials of the new Kyrgyz, Croatian, Bruneian and Malaysian ambassadors to Iran.
In his meeting with the Kyrgyz envoy, Rouhani said close cooperation between Iran and Kyrgyzstan in various areas will serve the interests of both countries.
The Kyrgyz ambassador said that Iran has a great economic capacity and Kyrgyzstan hails promotion of cooperation with Iran.
‘Iran firm to establish closer ties with other countries’
During the meeting with Croatian Ambassador Striebor Keric, Rouhani said Iran is determined to establish closer ties with other countries specifically friendly ones.
Rouhani said that Iran-Croatia economic interactions are not at a favorable level and expressed hope that economic cooperation would be expanded.
The Croatian ambassador said that he will make every effort during his time in office to help expand ties.
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