Tehran, Nov 13, IRNA - Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that on a 10-year horizon, Iran-China commercial transactions would reach dlrs 200 billion.
Mottaki told his Chinese counterpart Yan Jiechi that Iran-China transactions have increased to dlrs 20 billion from dlrs 500 million at the beginning of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
He said China had for the first time become Iran's first trade partner last year.
He added that Iran and China can cooperate extensively to prevent energy monopoly in Africa.
Turning to Iraq issue, Mottaki said, "Iraq suffers two basic problems: continued foreign presence and continued terrorist activities. We believe the two problems should be solved concurrently and Iraqi government can handle terrorism better than the foreign forces."
He then expressed concern over re-emergence of extremism in Afghanistan and declared support for the government of Hamed Karzai.
"Lebanon's internal problems have genuine solutions and should be solved on the basis of Lebanese-Lebanese dialogue. Of course, countries can help bring views of Lebanese groups closer to each other."
He also stressed settlement of the 'worrying' Palestinian factional disputes.
The Chinese minister for his part stressed continued cooperation between Iran and China in gas and oil sectors and said, "We are ready for all-out expansion of ties with Iran because the country's position and role is of high significance for his and China's attitude to relations with Iran is long-term and strategic."
He also called for continued consultations on international and regional issues in keeping with mutual interests.
In a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yan Jiechi, President Ahmadinejad said that certain countries do not like to see the two nations develop cooperation.
He said that Iran and China have common views on regional and international issues.
"Enemies of the two nations should know that senior Iranian and Chinese officials are determined to develop cooperation and nothing can damage the friendly ties," the president said.
President Ahmadinejad said that Iran and China have longstanding relations with rich civilization and culture adding that developed cooperation will serve the interests of the two nations and regional stability.
He said that Tehran and Beijing had never been at loggerhead during the longstanding relations and they always enjoyed common views and friendship.
Ahmadinejad thanked the Chinese statesmen for supporting Iranian rights in international organizations and said that Iran also supports Chinese rights in those fora.
On Iranian nuclear program, President Ahmadinejad reiterated the Iranian nation's perseverance to attain their legitimate rights.
He said that Iran will go ahead with cooperation with the UN nuclear agency in line with Non-Proliferation Treaty and respective undertakings.
President Ahmadinejad criticized the unilateral US approach toward Iranian nuclear program and said that Iran prefers dialogue to tension.
Jiechi said, for his part, that China gives importance to friendly and historical relations with Iran.
He said that Iran and China have effective role in regional and international equation and that enhanced relations will serve regional and international peace and security.
The Chinese foreign minister said that use of nuclear energy is Iranian legitimate right and Iran has positive cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
He said that China has objection to unilateral US sanctions on Iran and that China is Iran's friend and is willing to develop ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Jiechi arrived in Tehran earlier in the day and was welcomed by Foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
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