China to enhance energy cooperation with Iran

Beijing will enhance bilateral cooperation with Iran in the sphere of energy, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming said Monday.

BEIJING (Sputnik) — On January 19-23, Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt to meet the leadership of these countries and to discuss economic and political cooperation.

“Iran is a friendly country for China. Energy cooperation is an essential component of bilateral cooperation… China will continue to develop cooperation with Iran in the sphere of energy and will support the participation of Chinese companies in different energy projects in Iran,” Zhang told reporters.

He added that the visit would have a huge impact on Chinese-Iranian relations and both sides were expected to make this visit a landmark in their relations.

Xi’s visit is expected to be the first visit of Chinese leader to Iran in 14 years.

By Sputnik