Saturday, January 23, 2016

Iran’s Parliament Welcomes Promotion of Ties with China

Tasnim News Agency - January, 23, 2016 

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Speaker of Iran’s Parliament Ali Larijani stressed on Saturday that the parliament backs the development of bilateral ties between Tehran and Beijing, including a recent deal based on which China will modernize Iran’s Arak heavy-water nuclear reactor.  “Expansion of ties with China in all fields is of a great importance to Iran, and will lead to deeper relations between the two countries,” Larijani said in a meeting with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping here in Tehran.  Larijani underlined the need for promotion of economic ties in such fields as oil and gas, railroad, as well as the transfer of modern technologies including nanotechnology, biotechnology, and space technology to Iran.  He also pointed to mutual cooperation between Tehran and Beijing in the field of nuclear power plants, particularly on the Arak heavy-water reactor, adding that the Iranian parliament definitely supports such cooperation.  Xi, for his part, called for the enhancement of mutual political trust between the two states, urging that Iran and China should strongly support one another.

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