Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that Beijing will continue to cement ties with Tehran even when the situation changes.

Iran Press/Iran news: The Chinese President Xi Jinping says Beijing will continue to promote steady development of ties with Tehran no matter how the situation changes. He made the remarks on Friday during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit underway in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Xi condemned Washington's unilateral pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran as the main reason behind rising tensions in the region, calling for the promotion of multilateralism. He stressed that Beijing will continue its strategic relations with Tehran in various fields, including fighting terrorism and systematic crimes.

Rouhani said Iran and China’s resistance in the face of US unilateralism could be in the interest of the two countries as well as the entire world. He further slammed Washington for violating international laws and unilaterally abandoning agreements, including the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “The US is violating all international norms, and is seeking to establish its dominance over Asia and the entire world,” the president said.

Iran and China, Rouhani said, have great capacities to develop their relations. “Due to its exceptional geographical location, Iran is ready to play a key role in the development of 'One Belt, One Road' Initiative," he said. Under the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, China aims to create a modern Silk Road economic belt and a 21st century maritime Silk Road to boost trade. Projects under the plan include a network of railways, highways, oil and gas pipelines, power grids, Internet networks, maritime and other infrastructure links across Central, West and South Asia to as far as Greece, Russia and Oman.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday started a tour of Central Asia that takes him to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for the SCO and CICA summits.

President Rouhani left Tehran for Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Thursday afternoon to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, Iran Press reported.

He noted that the summit is about regional security issues and combating terrorism.

SCO is an intergovernmental organization which was founded for multilateral political, economic and security cooperation. China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and India are major members while, Iran, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Belarus have observer status.

Rouhani will leave Bishkek for Dushanbe on the second leg of his trip to attend the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA). CICA is an inter-governmental forum for enhancing cooperation in order to promote peace, security and stability in Asia. Iran, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Korea, China, Russia, India, Palestine, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan Republic and Thailand are among members of CICA.


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