Jan 23, 2016, 5:00 PM
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Tehran, Jan 23, IRNA – Chinese President Xi Jinping said in Tehran on Saturday that Iran-China relations have made remarkable progress.

'Iran is major trade partner of China in the Middle East and upgrading mutual ties is the choice of both sides,' Xi Jinping said in a joint press conference with President Hassan Rouhani after conclusion of 17 documents on mutual cooperation.
The Chinese President said it was his first visit to Iran aimed at drawing up prospect of Iran-China relations along with Iranian officials, to expand mutual cooperation in various domains and further consolidate friendship between the Iranian and Chinese nations.
He said he had held sincere and fruitful talks with President Rouhani on bilateral issues and topics of mutual interest and as President Rouhani announced the two sides reached extensive understanding.
The Chinese President said in the course of past 35 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations betrween the two countries, mutual ties have made progress, mutual political confidence has been strengthened and cultural cooperation and exchanges have expanded.
Noting that his country has for long reserved the position of major trade partner and main importer of crude oil, the Chinese President said Iran is major partner of China in the Middle East and promotion of bilateral ties is common choice of the two countries that serves the interests of the two governments and nations.
'Also we agreed to use the opportunity available and upgrade ties to the highest levels, thus building up mutual trust, continuing to support each other as before on important issues based on principled interests of the two sides.'
He said that agreement on expansion of mutual cooperation in energy was among other axes of agreement in Tehran. 'We also agreed to expand cooperation within frameworks of the Silk Road economic belt in the 21st century. Expansion of the road network, industrial capacity, speed railways and industrial townships will make up the axis of mutual cooperation. The Chinese party will provide necessary finances so that mutual cooperation expands in various domains.'
Regarding historical commonalties and abundant capacity of both countries in human and cultural fields, Iran ad China agreed to upgrade cooperation in the areas of culture, education, tourism and press so as to encourage further friendship.
He said Iran and China are two important developing countries that should continue cooperation at regional and international levels.
He added that Iran and China should upgrade cooperation in such interantional bodies as the UN and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) so as to defend interests of the developing states.
'Through my visit to Iran, I became quite sure about the prospect of bilateral relations, being ascertained that expansion of bilateral relations will be in the interest of both Iranian and Chinese governments and nations as well as regional and global peace.'
He once again thanked the Iranian president, government and nation for their warm hospitality.