Feb 20, 2019 14:38 Asia/Tehran

China President Xi Jinping in meeting with Iran parliament speaker on Wednesday emphasized that Beijing's determination to develop its comprehensive strategic partnership with Tehran will stay unchanged.

Iran Press/Asia: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday met with visiting Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Beijing and called for stronger cooperation to boost ties.

Xi Jinping commended the enduring friendship between China and Iran, saying China's determination to develop its comprehensive strategic partnership with Iran will stay unchanged despite changes on the global and regional arenas, Iran Press reported.

"No matter how the international and regional situation changes, China's resolve to develop comprehensive strategic partnership with Iran will remain unchanged," Chinese President said during the meeting.

He called on both sides to deepen mutual trust and advance communication and coordination, increase cooperation on security and anti-terrorism, and improve cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

"The two sides should work together to accelerate the building of a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind," Chinese President Xi Jinping stated.

Hailing legislative exchanges as a significant part of the China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership, the Chinese president pointed out that China's National People's Congress should reinforce cooperation with the Iranian Parliament and learn from each other's experiences of governance so as to play a bigger role in boosting bilateral ties.

Xi also expressed China's support for Iran to play a constructive role in regional peace and stability in the Middle East and willingness to maintain close contact with Iran on regional issues.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani extended greetings from the Iran's leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Sayyad Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani to President Xi and said Iran views its relations with China from a strategic and long-term perspective.

He confirmed that Iran-China friendship not only conforms to the fundamental interests of both countries but also bears significance for peace and prosperity of Asia and the world.

He echoed President Xi by expressing Iran's willingness to further boost political trust and pragmatic collaboration between the two countries.  Xi also congratulated 40th anniversary of Islamic revolution

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani (L) shakes hands with Li Zhanshu, the Chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on February 19, 2019. 

Larijani who was visiting China upon an official invitation of his Chinese counterpart Li Zhanshu, said the Islamic Republic of Iran was firmly supporting the principle of not meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, and respecting their sovereignty and self-determination.

On Wednesday, Larijani held talks with Lee Shoe Young, chairman of Iran-China parliamentary friendship group.

During the meeting, he said that friendly ties between the two states date back more than 2,000 years. “No country can damage the Iran-China relations,” Larijani emphasized.

Some Iranian ministers and senior officials, including Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh, Finance Minister Farhad Dejpasand and Governor of Central Bank of Iran Abdolnaser Hemmati are accompanying Larijani during his visit. 101/205

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