Chinese ambassador calls for closer ties with Iran

April 17, 2008 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Chinese ambassador to Tehran Xie Xiaoyan on Wednesday called for improving economic and political relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Chinese ambassador made the remarks in a roundtable meeting held between the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) and the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR).
“China seeks strengthened political and trade ties with Iran,” Xie told the roundtable meeting attended by Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Educational and Research Affairs Manuchehr Mohammadi, CICIR President Cui. Liru, and the two countries’ experts in international affairs.
Stressing the need for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear program, Xie said, “A logical and peaceful solution should be found for Iran’s nuclear issue.”
Mohammadi, for his part, called for stronger Sino-Iran ties, saying, “Iran and China can increase their power in the world by expanding their mutual ties.”
“We predict great changes in the world.”
Mohammadi also said the U.S. is mostly responsible for the unprecedented high oil prices.
He said the high oil prices and U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan are preludes to unpleasant consequences in the world.
Mohammadi also blasted the U.S. unilateralism in the world, saying as the history has proven the U.S. unilateralism will not succeed.
If unilateralism worked, the Iraqi and Afghan issues should have been resolved soon, the Foreign Ministry official noted