Iranian Deputy FM: Iran strong regional power/ China interested in cooperation with Iran
Mahdi Safari with referring to Iranian President’s official trip to China declared, “The recent visit of President Ebrahim Raisi to China was an official trip at the highest level. He had important meetings with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Moreover, the Iranian President held meetings with economists and super Chinese companies as well in which they shared their own concerns and the Iranian President stated that the doors are open, the projects are definite and if there are any obstacles, we have to try to lift them”.
He went on to say, “I believe that China’s economy is on the top. The Americans print the money. We have 2200 km coast in the region of the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman, and China gets 6.5 million barrels of oil from the region so I wonder providing energy is merely important or its security is important as well. Indeed, the Islamic Republic of Iran is providing the security of energy too and that’s why Iran can be a strategic partner for China. They (Chinese officials) know that Iran can do such a thing. Therefore, the security of trade and energy provided by Iran is influential in the Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman and Indian Ocean”.
The Iranian diplomat noted, “On the other side, Iran has 15 neighboring countries and is geographically good for trade. Thus, the ties between Iran and China are not for today and yesterday, but this is historical. We have never had any war or border disputes with the Chinese. It is noteworthy to add that China is not an emerging country; also it has been a power from the very beginning”.
Mahdi Safari concluded, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is militarily, economically and geographically powerful in the region”.
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