Iran announces agreement with China

The Iranian head of state wants to sign an agreement with China. This is supposed to be valid for 25 years and includes both political and economic agreements.

According to Tehran, Iran and China want to sign a comprehensive and long-term cooperation agreement this Saturday. The 25-year agreement contains “political, strategic and economic” agreements, said the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Said Chatibsadeh, on state television. The agreement is to be signed on the occasion of the current visit by China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Tehran.

Yi had arrived in the Iranian capital on Friday evening. According to Chatibsadeh, he and his Iranian colleague Mohammad Jawad Zarif should sign the cooperation agreement around noon.

Tehran believes that the agreement could “very effectively contribute to deepening Sino-Iranian relations,” said Chatibsadeh. The spokesman recalled the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Tehran five years ago, during which the foundation stone for the comprehensive cooperation agreement was laid. Xi and his Iranian colleague Hassan Ruhani decided to strengthen bilateral relations between their countries. The two sides subsequently agreed to work together in the transport, energy and industrial sectors, among other things.

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