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China, Iran to step up pragmatic cooperation

2018-07-16  Source:Xinhua  Author:

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) holds talks with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, June 10, 2018. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed Sunday to step up pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.

The two leaders reached the consensus during talks after attending the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the coastal city of Qingdao, in east China's Shandong Province.

Xi welcomed Rouhani for visiting China and attending the summit.

Recalling that China and Iran announced the establishment of comprehensive strategic partnership during his state visit to Iran in 2016, Xi said the two countries since then have increased cooperation and fully implemented the consensus reached between him and President Rouhani.

China and Iran have reaped fruitful results in various areas of cooperation and witnessed increasingly closer people-to-people exchanges, Xi said.

Noting that there is potential for China and Iran to deepen their relations, Xi said China is ready to work with Iran to jointly promote steady and long-term development of the comprehensive strategic partnership.

Xi called upon the two sides to take deepening political relations as the overarching principle to continuously enhance strategic mutual trust, increase exchanges at all levels, and continue to understand and support each other on issues of major concerns involving their respective core interests.

China and Iran should boost pragmatic cooperation focusing on the Belt and Road Initiative, promote law enforcement and security cooperation centering on counter-terrorism, and deepen people-to-people exchanges and cooperation with the aim to enhance China-Iran friendship, Xi said.

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