EC secretary praises China for supporting Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee appreciated China for its continued support for Tehran when other governments boycotted the country.

“The Chinese government cooperated (with Iran) at the highest levels during the (nuclear) negotiations (between Tehran and the world powers); therefore, I convey the appreciation of the Iranian nation and government to that country,” Rezayee told reporters in the Southern city of Masjed Soleiman on Sunday afternoon.

Reminding that the Chinese government exports technology to Iran, turns gas into products, increases Iran’s foreign currency revenues and creates jobs in the country, he said, “Therefore, with such an approach, certainly, the Iranian nation will not forget the Chinese government’s cooperation.”

Trade exchange between Iran and China hit the new record of $47.5bln in 2014, showing around 36 percent of growth in comparison with its previous year, China’s General Administration of Customs announced earlier this month.

The Administration said in its latest report, the trade turnover between Iran and China had grown by 36% in 2014 compared to the previous year report.

In 2014, the trade turnover between the two countries reached $47.5bln compared to the previous year which was $35bln.

According to the report, China’s exports in 2014 amounted to $22bln which enjoyed a growth of 87 percent compared to the previous year, which was $11.7bln.

Meanwhile, China’s imports from Iran in 2014 rose reportedly 10% and reached $25.5bln from $23.1bln in 2013.

Iran is currently China’s third largest supplier of crude, providing Beijing with roughly 12 percent of its total annual oil consumption.

By Fars News Agency


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