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Iranian, Chinese presidents meet in Bishkek

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Chinese counterpart President Ho Jintao in a meeting here Wednesday emphasized need for broadening and strengthening Tehran-Beijing ties.

According to IRNA's presidential affairs reporter dispatched to Kyrgyzstan, the two presidents were agreed during the meeting on the point that both Iran and China play significant roles in regional and international developments, particularly in promotion of global peace and security.

President Ahmadinejad considered the two nations and governments' relations as deep rooted and historic, adding, "Tehran favors further expansion of comprehensive ties with China to the highest possible level." Ahmadinejad referred to the defeat of the mentality that promotes the emergence of a unipolar world in the post Cold War era, and the resistance observed on the part of different world nations against that approach, and said, "Those who were after exertion of their full hegemony in the Middle East have faced defeat."

He added, "Although occupation lasted for some years in some countries, the theory behind it faced defeat globally." Ahmadinejad meanwhile predicted that the level of Iran's joint investments with China would reach 200 billion US dollars next year, adding, "Following the weakening of the unipolar world order idea, their monetary system, too is getting weaker constantly and under such conditions, tying the fate of the countries to the money of the oppressive powers is a grave mistake." The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran went on to say, Iran and China have never had contradicting interests and and both countries are determined to expand ties to an unprecedented level." He said, "Tehran and Beijing can, in order to achieve their objectives, draw the long term perspective of their relations so that they would both be able to have a more comprehensive viewpoints about the future of their ties." Ahmadinejad said among the fields on which the two countries can have shared activities there are completion of the infrastructure economic foundations, such as ones in banking, monetary, and insurance fields, adding, "The two countries can have joint investments in those fields in one another's firms and institutes." The Iranian president meanwhile listed some other appropriate fields for joint investments, including in cultural and academic fields, stressing, "Tehran-Beijing ties will never be affected under the pressure of other countries." Ahmadinejad also appreciated China's logical stand adopted regarding Iran's nuclear dossier, aimed a peaceful solution of the problem and promotion of pursuing negotiations, reiterating, "The Islamic Republic of Iran asks for nothing more than its own legitimate rights and has always moved within the framework of the international laws." The president further stressed, "Tehran considers having access to nuclear weapons contrary to our religious teachings, and also against our national interests." The IRI President stressed that the hue and cry raised over Iran's nuclear program is merely politically motivated and that it is devoid of legal and technical bases, emphasizing that Tehran would continue its close cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The Chinese President, too, during the meeting expressed delight over having the chance to meet his Iranian counterpart, reiterating, "The volume of our bilateral trade keeps increasing constantly." President Ho Jintao emphasized that the two countries' relations must be further diversified, adding, "Despite the unstable status of the international politics presently, Beijing's policy is based on further broadening and strengthening ties and cooperation with Tehran based on mutual respect and in order to safeguard mutual interests." The Chinese President meanwhile emphasized the need for continuous high level meetings and strengthening of regional and international operation between Iran and China to promote world peace and stability.

Ho Jintao at the end reiterated, "China, as you mentioned, favors peaceful settlement of Iran's nuclear problem, believing that continuing negotiations is the best way to tackle the matter." President Ahmadinejad arrived in Bishkek on Wednesday to attend the 7th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting which starts from Thursday.

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