People Daily - May 22, 2014
SHANGHAI, May 22 -- Iran wishes to serve as a bridge connecting China and Central Asia and the Caucasus, and looks forward to more cooperation with China, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said here Thursday.
Rouhani was speaking at a press conference, a day after he attended the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in the east China coastal city. He met with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier Thursday as part of his two-day state visit.
Noting that China was Iran's largest trading partner, Rouhani told reporters his visit to China aimed at further expanding bilateral ties.
He wants to see more cooperation between Iran and China, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and a member of the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, plus Germany) nuclear talks with Iran, in different regional and international matters.
He said closer cooperation would benefit not just the two countries but the wider region.