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Iran to be a tourist destination for the Chinese

China's Deputy Foreign Minister in a meeting with Iran's ambassador to Beijing here Wednesday declared that Iran will be a tourist destination for the Chinese, IRNA reported from Beijing on July 6.

He added that agreement on the issue was reached at a meeting attended by the Chinese President Hu Jintao and Iran's Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Aref.

According to him, following yesterday's negotiations between Hu and Aref in the Kazakh capital of Astana on the issue, tourist agencies from both sides should be introduced and discussions on preparing the grounds for signing a tourist agreement should start.

Turning to Iran's variety of tourist attractions appealing to the Chinese people, the Chinese official expressed their interest in visiting Iran.

During today's meeting, it was underlined that the 13th joint economic and trade commission meeting will be held during the current year and both sides announced their readiness to the effect.

The two officials also expressed their agreement for the fourth round of meeting on the political structure to be held by the foreign ministries of the two states in 2005 and stressed its significance, given the complicated Middle East developments and Iran's sensitive role in the region.

For his part, Iranian Ambassador Fereydoun Verdinejad expressed satisfaction with the growing trend of bilateral ties over recent years and referred to the high potentials of both sides for cooperation in various fields including infrastructural industry sector, which can be materialized under the framework of the joint commission.

The Chinese official referred to the wide range of collaboration between the two states in recent years and called for long-term cooperation and joint investment during President-Elect Ahmadinejad's term in office.

"Given Iran's membership in Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an observer, Iran-China cooperation in the field of energy can be consolidated under the framework of SCO, given its crucial role as an important regional organization," he added.

He also congratulated the victory of the president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in the recent presidential election and expressed confidence that mutual relations will further expand during the presidential term of Ahmadinejad.

... Payvand News - 7/7/05 ... --

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