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Iran, China stress enhanced cooperation

Beijing, Jan 17, IRNA - Iran and China stressed the importance of expanding bilateral cooperation in different fields.

Visiting Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Mehdi Safari held talks with Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun in Beijing Thursday.

Safari said China is a "very close friend" of Iran and added, "Cooperation between Tehran and Beijing is currently at a good level. We expect policy making and regional and international stances would lead to promotion of mutual relations in all fields." He stated that China has given response to Iran's goodwill so far and said Iran expects Beijing to preserve the current positive trend within frameworks of strategic mutual ties.

Safari said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao have a resolve to expand relations and noted that the two presidents have laid emphasis on the issue during their previous meetings held in Shanghai and Bishkek.

The Iranian official called for removal of certain obstacles in the way of expansion of ties between the two countries.

He stressed holding more consultations and meetings between Iranian and Chinese officials on regional and international issues within framework of political consultative committee of the two countries' foreign ministries.

Zhai, for his part, said that China has always followed up a peaceful solution to disputes over Iran's nuclear case.

China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, believes that diplomatic talks over Iran's nuclear activities should be continued, he added.

The Chinese official termed as "very important" the current visit of Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and his accompanying delegation to Beijing.

Iran's SNSC secretary arrived in Beijing Thursday on a two-day visit. He is scheduled to hold talks with senior Chinese officials including Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on the latest developments concerning Iran's nuclear case and mutual relations.

China urges talks over Iran's nuclear program

China on Thursday reaffirmed dialogue as the best means to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Jiang Yu told reporters in Beijing ahead of a visit to Beijing of Secretary of National Security Council Saeed jalili that the international community should seek an appropriate and sustainable solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.

He called on Iran to continue its cooperation with the international community and observe the UN Security Council resolutions.

China, as a permanent member of the Security Council, has always expressed opposition to sanctions and pressure on Iran and stressed that negotiations would be the best solution to the issue.

Jalili arrived in Beijing Thursday on a two-day visit to hold talks with top Chinese officials on the latest developments about agreement reached between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Jiang said China supports non-proliferation of nuclear arms and sustainable peace in the Middle East.

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