Iran, China and Russia regional policy complementary: Velayati

TEHRAN, July 27 (MNA) – Leader’s international adviser says Iran, China and Russia complete each other in regional politics.

Ali Akbar Velayati told Mehr News that a Chinese delegation would visit Iran by an invitation from Strategic Research Center of Expediency Council.

“China and Russia are two world powers seeking to lead a relationship with other world powers free of tension, and to cooperate with Iran based on their capabilities,” told Velayati to Mehr News. “Chinese import of Iranian oil has exceeded 700,000 barrels per day; Beijing has extensive trade with Tehran and has signed great construction projects, some of them now underway,” he added.

“I believe relations with China as an Asian country with long history of diplomatic and cultural ties with Iran, and who had not been in conflict with Iran, could help develop bilateral relations,” Velayati said. “A delegation from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences will visit Tehran; I have frequently visited China for cultural and political meetings,” he cited as examples of bilateral relations.

“In all these meetings, I noticed a common feeling, which is a positive view of extension of ties with Iran on Chinese part; it is important that Chinese officials seek relations in higher levels,” the Leader’s international adviser said.

Commenting on Tehran-Moscow convergence of political positions, Velayati cited similar positions taken on Syria and Iraq by Iran and Russia as examples of close relations. “The question is that what do we seek in relations? We seek mutual respect and understanding, with equal rights and a general reluctance to interfere in internal affairs of each other,” Velayati said.

He believed that Iran needs to improve the current level of relations with Beijing and Moscow if Tehran is to find powerful footholds in finance with both countries in terms of oil, technology transfer, and participation in economic projects. “The whole region including the Far East and southern Asia would benefit from improvement of trilateral relations between Iran, China, and Russia,” he asserted.

By Mehr News Agency

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