Chinese president: China-Iran friendly cooperation conducive to peace, stability in region, world

08:16, June 15, 2011      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in Astana, Kazakhstan, June 14, 2011. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Chinese President Hu Jintao said in Astana Tuesday afternoon that further consolidating and developing China-Iran friendly and cooperative relations are in the common interests of both sides and conducive to maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world at large.

Hu made the remarks when meeting with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in this capital city of Kazakhstan. Both Hu and Ahmadinejad will attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) to be held here Wednesday.

Hu said in the meeting that this year marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Iran. Since the two countries established diplomatic links and especially in recent years, China-Iran relations have seen healthy and steady growth under joint effort of both sides.

Hu said leaders of the two countries have maintained frequent exchange of visits as political mutual trust improved and pragmatic cooperation advanced steadily.

Hu said the two countries should maintain the high-level contact and expand friendly exchanges in all areas. He said the governments, legislatures and political parties of the two countries should also maintain exchanges and cooperation.

Hu called for both countries to push forward pragmatic cooperation by maintaining the momentum in bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

He said the two countries should expand cultural exchanges and encourage the two peoples to increase contact so as to let China-Iran friendship take root deep in the hearts of the people.

Hu said the two sides should strengthen communication on international affairs so as to promote peace and stability in the region and the whole world.

Source: Xinhua
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