Source: Islamic Republic News Agency
President Hassan Rohani said on Thursday Tehran is ready to cooperate with Beijing to help resolve regional issues, the Syrian crisis, in particular. He made the remarks in a meeting with his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the 13th Shanghai cooperation Organization.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani (L) with the Chinese President Xi Jinping
Stating that Iran and China have common stance vis-a-vis regional issues, Rohani said Iran is ready to launch effective and constructive collaboration with China to help solve regional problems, especially Syrian issue.
As to Iranian nuclear program, Rohani said that Iran is pursuing peaceful nuclear program and the Iranian nation is seeking its rights within the framework of Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Underlining the significance of bilateral ties, the chief executive noted that there are numerous capacities for promoting Iran-China ties at the regional and international levels, which should be taken into account.
Referring to the historic record of Iran-China ties, Rohani said that Iran has always considered promoting ties with China as a powerful country in the region.
Jinping, for his part, appreciated Presidnet Rohani for his stance about promoting bilateral relations and said that the Chinese nation and government favor growing ties with Iran in all the fields.
He added that China will do its best to maintain and promote mutual cooperation at the regional and international levels and it has always indicated its goodwill in this respect.
"China supports Iranian rights to peaceful nuclear energy," he said.
As to Syrian crisis, Jinping noted that his country advocates removal of hostility across the region and favors a peaceful approach towards the Syrian crisis.
"China will ask UN to consider a diplomatic solution as the sole solution to the crisis gripping the Arab state," he said.
The Chinese President invited President Rohani to visit Beijing in future.
Rohami arrived in Bishkek today morning to attend the 13th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit at the head of high-ranking delegation.
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