China says to maintain trade links with Iran

Iranian oil minister is in Beijing for talks with Chinese energy executives.

China says to maintain trade links with Iran

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang told the visiting Iranian oil minister on Friday that Beijing would maintain cooperation with Tehran on existing projects, after the United States upped its pressure on Beijing over sanctions.

"Iran is an important trade partner of China's in western Asia and North Africa and one of the country's main oil suppliers. Bilateral economic and trade cooperation has achieved fruitful results," state television paraphrased Li as telling minister Massoud Mirkazemi.

"China is willing to work hard with Iran, continue to push mutual political trust, and maintain communication, dialogue and coordination on important international issues, to maintain regional and global peace, stability and prosperity," Li added.

"The key point is to solidly push forward existing cooperative projects, to ensure they are put into effect smoothly, to deepen bilateral pragmatic cooperation and promote the continued development of bilateral ties," he added.

State television showed pictures of the meeting, in the Communist Party's headquarters in central Beijing, on its main evening news.

Mirkazemi said he hoped that "both sides would create conditions to push forward existing projects", the brief report added, without elaborating.

The minister is in Beijing for talks with Chinese energy executives. He has not made any public comments.

Iran is a major supplier of crude oil to China, the world's second-biggest consumer of oil after the United States.

The United States has urged China to tap other suppliers, but China has condemned unilateral U.S. and E.U. sanctions aimed at Iran's energy sector.


Reuters


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