Senior Chinese legislator meets Iranian foreign minister, stresses ties

10:52, April 20, 2011      

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Senior Chinese legislator Chen Zhili met with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran on Tuesday and stressed bilateral ties.

Chen, vice-chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, said China and Iran have a long history of friendship and the two countries have gained fruitful achievements in different areas.

High-level exchanges between the two sides have been deepened, political mutual trust has been enhanced, and cooperation in economy and trade has been developing soundly and steadily, Chen stated.

China appreciates Iran's adherence to the one-China policy and its supports for China's core interests on issues related to Taiwan, Xinjiang and Tibet, Chen added.

Chen said the two countries have shared views over regional and international issues, and bilateral exchanges and cooperation not only benefit the two peoples but also have positive influence upon regional and world peace and stability.

China and Iran will hold a series of celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year, and will seize the opportunity to promote the bilateral cooperation to a higher level.

Salehi said Iran values China's important status and influence in the world, admires China's achievements and hopes to develop bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various areas including politics, economy and culture.

Iran hopes the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations to be a big success, he said.

Chen and Salehi also exchanged their views on reforming the United Nations Security Council and the situation in west Asia and North Africa.

On the same day, Chen also met with Esfandiyar Rahim-Mashaei, top advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Mojtahed Zadeh, advisor to Iranian president on women's affairs.

Source: Xinhua
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