Chinese President Visit to Iran Historic Event in Tehran-Beijing Relations

Friday, January 22, 2016

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Chinese President Xi Jinping's official visit to Iran marks a "historic" event in relations between Tehran and Beijing.

“The important visit by … President Xi Jinpign…marks an important historic event and I am sure that a new chapter has started in relations between Iran and China,” Rouhani said.

Rouhani said that the Islamic Republic welcomes stronger ties with China particularly after the recent lifting of international sanctions on Iran.

He also said Iran and China have agreed on more cooperation to “combat regional terrorism.”

He said he and his Chinese counterpart discussed cooperation for “creating stability and security in the Middle East and helping countries plagued by terrorism, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, and providing intellectual and intelligence assistance in the fight on terrorism.”

Iran and China signed 17 documents for cooperation in economic, industrial, cultural and judicial fields in the presence of the two countries’ presidents.

The documents included one signed between Iranian and Chinese nuclear chiefs for peaceful energy cooperation.

Others involved documents for environmental cooperation, financing of a bullet train railway and banking cooperation.

The Chinese president’s trip to Tehran is the last leg of his three-nation tour which has also taken him to Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei slammed the US-led coalition formed with the alleged aim of targeting terrorists in the Middle East, saying Washington has never been honest about its motives.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the US claim of the formation of an "anti-terror coalition" was an act of deception.

“Such is the Americans’ approach to all issues and they are never honest in their conduct,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader stated that the Middle East is grappling with insecurity due to the "wrong" policies of Western countries and "a deviant and erroneous" perception of Islam, urging Muslim countries to exercise "prudent cooperation" to stop the escalation of such insecure conditions.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that some regional states are the root cause of the deviant dogma and said Western countries have exerted pressure on Muslims in Europe and the US instead of fighting terrorist groups.

"These terrorist movements are completely different from the actual Islamic ideology,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the insistence of Western media and governments, particularly in the US, on using the term "Islamic State" to refer to certain terrorist groups, saying, "This approach is an insult to Muslims and instead of remedying the problem indirectly brings about the grounds for the reinforcement of these groups." 

Ayatollah Khamenei also said Western countries have never succeeded in winning the Iranian nation’s trust.

The Leader stated that the “hostile policies” by the US have pushed the Iranian people and officials to “pursue the expansion of relations with independent countries.”

Pointing to the hegemonic policies of certain states, particularly the US, and their dishonest cooperation with other countries, Ayatollah Khamenei stated that independent countries seek to promote their cooperation under such circumstances.

Ayatollah Khamenei further pointed to the deep-rooted trade and cultural relations between the Iranian and Chinese nations and said, “The Iranian government and nation have always sought and still seek to expand ties with independent and reliable countries such as China.”

The Leader described as “entirely correct and judicious” the bid by the Iranian and Chinese presidents to draft an agreement that envisages the establishment of 25-year strategic relations, adding that Tehran and Beijing should firmly follow up on the deal to secure its implementation.

Ayatollah Khamenei also welcomed the position of the Chinese president about the necessity of the revival of the “Silk Road” and the expansion of cooperation among countries on its path.

The Leader added that the Islamic Republic of Iran will never forget China’s cooperation during the era of Western sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program. Ayatollah Khamenei also said the Islamic Republic will continue to support the concept of a united and unified China as part of Iran's fundamental and definitive policies.

Elsewhere, Ayatollah Khamenei cited “energy” as one of the most pressing issues in the world and stated that Iran is the “only independent country in the region which can be trusted in the field of energy because unlike some regional countries, Iran’s policy on energy will never be affected by any non-Iranian factor.”

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has also warned against the deterioration of the security situation in the region, saying occupation and military action will fail to stop the spread of terrorism.

The issue of terrorism in the region will not be solved through occupation and acts of military aggression, Larijani said, adding that the measures only lead to more insecurity and instability.

He stressed the importance of improving bilateral economic relations in oil, gas, railway and technology sectors.

The Majlis speaker said some Western powers have exerted great pressure on the Islamic Republic for more than 30 years following the establishment of a popular government in Iran, but stressed that resistance of the Iranian people have rendered all such moves futile.

In another development Iran’s Parliament Speaker said the recent implementation of a nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries has provided new opportunities for enhanced regional cooperation.

The implementation of the agreement “opened a new chapter for the enhancement of cooperation between Iran and the countries of the region,” he said.

“By taking advantage of the atmosphere after the Vienna agreement, the countries of the region can take key steps toward the elimination of common threats like terrorism and extremism and help with the development and advancement of the region, too,” Larijani noted.

“Over the course of the nuclear negotiations, we heard that one of the countries of the region was pressing a great power to delay the talks so they could reduce oil prices. They harmed all Muslim countries with the reduction of the prices,” said the Iranian official. “Iran is not dependent on oil and enjoys several resources. They, however, did everyone damage as a result of their delusion.”

Larijani said, “After the agreement too, they instilled the concern into the countries of the region that Iran may invade the regional nations,” asking, “Has the Islamic Republic of Iran invaded any country in the region over the past 36 years?”

“The nuclear agreement was, in fact, the victory of diplomacy and the negation of threats and sanctions, and it displayed the effectiveness of the peaceful approaches of conflict resolution more than before.”

The Iranian speaker referred to the crises in Syria and Yemen – where Saudi Arabia is respectively backing armed anti-government militants and directly waging a war – and said, “The issues of Syria and Yemen and other countries in the region have no military solution; they will rather get resolved through political means and dialog.

The military solution only paves the ground for terrorism, Larijani said, noting that Tehran only recommends negotiations.

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