Senior CPC official's three-day visit to Iran underlines bilateral cooperation

10:19, July 17, 2011      

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He Guoqiang, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), visited the Islamic Republic of Iran from Thursday to Saturday, meeting with Iranian leaders and underlining bilateral cooperation.

On Friday afternoon, He and Iranian Vice President Mohammad- Javad Mohammadizadeh attended a reception here held by the Chinese Embassy to celebrate the 40th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.

He and Mohammadizadeh vowed to further boost the bilateral ties at the ceremony.

He told the reception that China-Iran relations have matured in the past 40 years. He urged efforts to boost mutual understanding and trust, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation and carry forward friendship.

Despite the volatile international situation, bilateral ties have moved forward positively and steadily, he said.

Based on the principles of mutual trust, mutual benefit and common development, China is willing to work with Iran to intensify mutual exchange and collaboration and enhance bilateral friendly relations between two countries to a new level, He said at the ceremony.

He, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, is the second senior CPC official to visit Iran in less than a year.

Li Changchun, also a member of the Standing Committee, paid a visit to Iran last September.

Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Javad Mohammadizadeh said at the ceremony that during the past years, Iran and China witnessed the significant growth of the relations in political, economical and cultural areas, adding that Iran and China, as two friends, played key roles in establishing world and regional peace and stability.

In a separate meeting with Mohammadizadeh on the day, the senior Chinese official emphasized boosting bilateral ties.

China has all along cherished its traditional friendship with Iran, said He.

Comprehensively boosting bilateral friendly cooperation is not only in the common interests of the two countries, but also conducive to regional and world peace and development, He added.

The two economies are highly complementary and the two countries have carried out productive energy cooperation, he said, adding that the two sides have kept sound communication, coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs.

The two countries should grasp the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties this year to further promote cooperation and friendly exchanges, He said.

Mohammadizadeh, for his part, said Iran and China have kept a long-running tradition of friendly cooperation.

Iran attaches great importance to relations with China, and is willing to make joint efforts with it to push forward bilateral ties, particularly bilateral trade cooperation, he said.

He arrived in the central Iranian province of Isahan on Thursday afternoon, kicking off a three-day official visit to Iran.

On Saturday, He Guoqiang met here with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on bilateral ties and other issues of common concern.

During their talks, He said that bilateral ties have maintained the momentum of positive and sound development since the two nations established diplomatic relations in 1971.

With frequent high-level exchanges and increasing political trust over recent years, Ahmadinejad and Chinese President Hu Jintao conducted in-depth exchanges of views on major international and regional issues and reach broad consensus at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Kazakh capital of Astana last month, which predicted the direction for further development of bilateral relations, He said.

The two sides need to take the opportunity to advance political trust, expand cooperation, promote people-to-people exchanges and strengthen contacts and communication in a bid to safeguard their common interests, the senior CPC official said.

Ahmadinejad, for his part, said that Iran and China, both with ancient civilizations, have a long history of friendly cooperation.

The Iran-China relations are in good shape with ever-expanding cooperation in various areas, Ahmadinejad said, adding that the ties have brought real benefit to both peoples.

Extending congratulations on the 40th anniversary of bilateral ties, Ahmadinejad said that on the threshold of a new era, the two nations boast a bright prospect for future cooperation.

Earlier on the day, China and Iran signed several agreements on infrastructure and trade cooperation, a fact further testifying to the already strong political and economic ties between the two countries.

Under the agreements, Chinese companies will invest heavily in some major infrastructure projects in Iran, including a water diversion project and a dam. Chinese companies will also import large quantities of chrome ore and celestine from Iran.

In 2010, bilateral trade reached a record 29.3 billion U.S. dollars, increasing by 38.5 percent over the previous year. China has also given financial and technological support to some major infrastructure projects in Iran.

Iran was the last leg of He's five-nation overseas trip which had already taken him to France, Poland, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates. He also made a stopover in Turkey after visiting Poland.

He wrapped up his three-day official visit to Iran on Saturday.

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