TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader’s top aide Ali Akbar Velayati in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed that Tehran sees relations with Beijing as strategic and important.
“Undoubtedly, we believe that the relations with China are strategic and we are waiting for the Chinese president to visit Iran,” Velayati said in Tehran on Monday.
He noted his previous visits to China, and said, “I have been invited to the April congress on Silk Road in China.”
The Chinese foreign minister arrived in Tehran Saturday evening and will stay here until Monday.
Iran is currently China’s third largest supplier of crude, providing Beijing with roughly 12 percent of its total annual oil consumption.
China’s exports to Iran in 2014 amounted to $22bln which enjoyed a growth of 87 percent compared to the previous year, which was $11.7bln.
Meanwhile, China’s import from Iran in 2014 rose reportedly 10% and reached $25.5bln from $23.1bln in 2013.
Wang Yi said on Sunday that Iran and China as two influential nations had successfully overcome international recession and had reinvigorated their economic relations in recent years.
In a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, Wang stressed that despite global recession the volume of Tehran-Beijing bilateral trade had increased to $51bln.
He further added that the figure proved that both countries had high potential and capabilities for cooperation.