Friday, May 23, 2014

China, Iran pledge to boost ties

Daily Times Pakistan - MAY 22, 2014

SHANGHAI: Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks on Thursday with visiting Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, both pledging to enhance bilateral ties.
Xi said China pays much attention to its relations with Iran and is ready to work with the Iranian side to bring the relationship to a new level. The two sides should maintain high-level contact and promote exchanges between the two governments and parliaments as well as their localities and peoples to consolidate mutual understanding and trust, he said, also urging them to increase bilateral trade and cooperation in petroleum, gas and petrochemical sectors.
China welcomes Iran to actively participate in the construction of the Silk Road economic belt and the 21st century maritime Silk Road with cooperation in infrastructure construction and the launch of high-speed railway projects and economic parks, according to Xi. China and Iran should step up security cooperation to combat terrorism, drug trade and transnational crime and boost cultural and people-to-people exchanges and tourism cooperation, he said.
Xi told Rouhani that China respects Iran’s right of peaceful use of nuclear energy and has long believed that negotiations are the only right and effective way in tackling the Iranian nuclear issue. The Chinese side hopes that all parties involved can make further efforts to reach a comprehensive agreement on the nuclear issue, the president said. He added that China will beef up communication with Iran so as to play a constructive role in promoting the negotiation process.