Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Xi Jinping Declares China Committed To 'Strategic Partnership' With Iran


Xi Jinping: China Determined to Develop ‘Strategic Partnership’ with Iran


Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping declared on Wednesday that Beijing remains committed to developing a “strategic partnership” with Iran, which the United States has designated as the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism.


“No matter how the international and regional situation changes, China’s resolve to develop a comprehensive strategic partnership with Iran will remain unchanged,” Xi proclaimed during a meeting in Beijing with an Iranian delegation headed by the Middle Eastern country’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency (AA).
Xi claimed his support for Tehran is intended to help bring peace and stability in the Middle East.
“The two countries need to further deepen strategic mutual trust and continue to extend mutual understanding and support on issues involving each other’s core interests and major concerns,” China’s communist leader said.
Larijani reportedly stressed the need to boost China-Iran ties.
“Strengthening bilateral friendly cooperation is not only in the interest of the two countries but also important for peace and stability in Asia and the world,” he proclaimed.
“Iran is keen to deepen mutual trust and promote pragmatic cooperation with China,” he added, emphasizing the need for Tehran and Beijing to back one another in international and regional spheres.
“No country can damage Iran-China relations,” Larijani declared.
On Tuesday, China’s foreign minister met his Iranian counterpart in Beijing to discuss relations, including ways to preserve the controversial 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and U.S.-led world powers, including China.
On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif noted that Tehran is interested in taking part in Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also known as One Belt, One Road (OBOR) — a network of sea and land routes seeking to connect China with the rest of Asia, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere along one route.



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