Tehran-Bei­jing Bi­lat­eral Re­la­tions Grow­ing

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TEHRAN – Supreme Leader’s top ad­viser for In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs says Iran and China’s re­la­tions are grow­ing, adding that a Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion will visit the Iran’s Chah­ba­har Port.

Ali Ak­bar Ve­ley­ati made the re­marks in a meet­ing as well as on the side­lines of the meet­ing with a mem­ber of China’s For­eign Pol­icy Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee in Tehran this morn­ing.

In the meet­ing, Ve­lay­ati said “for­tu­nately, the re­la­tions be­tween China and Iran are grow­ing,” adding that Chi­nese and Ira­nian of­fi­cials have had con­struc­tive meet­ings for a long time.

He added “the re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries are con­struc­tive and strate­gic while these meet­ings fur­ther deepen our re­la­tions.”

The mem­ber of China’s For­eign Pol­icy Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, for his part, said that China and Iran en­joy an­cient civ­i­liza­tions, adding their bi­lat­eral re­la­tions go back to thou­sands of years ago through the Silk Road.

Also, on the side­lines of the meet­ing, the Ira­nian Leader’s top ad­viser for in­ter­na­tional af­fairs hailed his meet­ing with the Chi­nese of­fi­cial say­ing they had dis­cussed Syria, the nu­clear deal with Iran known as the JCPOA, as well as the strate­gic re­la­tions be­tween Iran and China.

Ve­lay­ati told re­porters that the at­tacks by the United States and his al­lies were con­ducted be­cause they were an­gry at the vic­to­ries re­cently made by the Syr­ian forces against the ter­ror­ists in Syria.

Re­gard­ing China’s po­si­tion on the at­tacks, Ve­lay­ati said that China like Iran op­poses any acts against the in­ter­na­tional law.

In re­la­tion to China’s ap­proach to JCPOA, the Ira­nian of­fi­cial said that China be­lieves that Iran acts in accordance with its obli­ga­tions, adding that he had told the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion that other par­ties to the pact must force the United States to abide by its obli­ga­tions.

Ve­lay­ati said, “since the Chi­nese pres­i­dent’s visit to Iran in 2016, the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries have been grow­ing.”

The Ira­nian of­fi­cial went on to re­mind that dur­ing the Chi­nese for­eign min­is­ter visit to Iran two years ago, the two sides stressed the need for in­creas­ing bi­lat­eral trade to $200 bil­lion.

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