What Lies Behind China's Commitment to Fostering Its Ties With Iran?

Published December 23rd, 2018 - 07:57 GMT
Iran and China are enjoying strong bilateral relations, and earlier in September, the two countries launched a 9,000-kilometer-long railway within the framework of new Silk Road Program between the two countries. (Shutterstock)
Iran and China are enjoying strong bilateral relations, and earlier in September, the two countries launched a 9,000-kilometer-long railway within the framework of new Silk Road Program between the two countries. (Shutterstock)
Iran’s new Ambassador to Beijing Mohammad Keshavarzzadeh, in a Saturday meeting with Iranian merchants and entrepreneurs residing in China, said that improvement of bilateral trade and economic relations with the PRC is the top priority for Tehran.

Improvement of trade ties with China is of great importance and development of economic relations with this country is a top priority, new Iranian Ambassador to China Mohammad Keshavarzzadeh said.

He made the remarks in a meeting with the Iranian traders and entrepreneurs residing in China. 

The diplomat also underlined facilitation of commerce between Tehran and Beijing and removal of obstacles on the way of the two countries' banking cooperation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met Keshavarzzadeh on Tuesday, receiving his letter of credentials, said that Beijing attaches great significance to bilateral ties with Iran.

Xi reassured that Beijing is committed to bolstering ties with Tehran.

China is committed to foster relations with Iran, Chinese President Xi Jinping said.

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He made the remarks in a meeting with new Iranian Ambassador to China Mohammad Keshavarzzadeh.

The Chinese president described Iran and China as two countries that enjoy lots of historical and cultural commonalities.

In the meantime, the Iranian envoy, for his part, described the two countries' relations as friendly.

During the meeting, the Iranian envoy submitted his credentials to the Chinese president. 

In a related front, earlier on October 1, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani forwarded a message to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, felicitating him and his nation on the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

The Iranian head of government extended greetings on the advent of the felicitous occasion asserting that Tehran-Beijing ties are at a good level because of the willpower of the senior officials of the two countries.

Rouhani expressed hope that with regard to the long-standing history of relations between the two countries, further ties will develop in the new era.

Iran and China are enjoying strong bilateral relations, and earlier in September, the two countries launched a 9,000-kilometer-long railway within the framework of new Silk Road Program between the two countries.

The new Iran-China railway used by cargo and service trains connects China's Inner Mongolia to the city of Bam in Southeastern Iran.

During the opening ceremony of the new railway, a cargo train moved from Inner Mongolia logistic and industrial town to the city of Bam. It is estimated to arrive in Bam in 15 days.

The train consists of 41 containers carrying equipment, machineries and car spare parts. The consignment is worth $1.5 million.

In another development, a cargo train left the city of Bayannur in Western Inner Mongolia for the Iranian capital city of Tehran.

The two railways are part of a larger rail network which is to connect China to the Europe via Iran.


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