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Iran-China trade exchange to reach dlrs 20b: Deputy FM

Beijing, Jan 4, IRNA-Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia- Pacific affairs Thursday said that Iran-China trade and economic exchanges will increase to dlrs 20 billion in 2007.

Mehdi Safari, who is accompanying the Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani on a tour of China, made the remarks in a meeting with Jun Jai, China's assistant foreign minister for West Asia and North African affairs in Beijing on Thursday afternoon.

Referring to the increase of bilateral trade and economic exchanges to dlrs 14 billion in 2006, he predicted that the figure will reach dlrs 20 billion in the current year.

Safari described mutual ties in political and economic arenas as positive and growing, and called the last year's meeting of the presidents' of the two countries on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit as constructive.

Touching on the two sides' officials willingness to expand bilateral ties in various fields, Safari expressed hope that the 13th Joint Economic, Scientific and Technological Commission meeting will be held in Tehran in the future.

Iran's Ambassador to China Javad Mansouri was also present in the meeting.

For his part, Jun Jai appreciated the Iranian ambassador's efforts to speed up increasing mutual ties, and said that Iran is considered a friend country and one of the most important economic partners of China in the region.

He assessed the two countries' relations as positive, and expressed hope that bilateral ties will be developed in the current year.

Turning to exchange of high-ranking delegations between the two sides, Jun Jai stated that the meetings will increase mutual agreement.

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