China, Iran upgrade ties to carry forward millennia-old friendship

While in Tehran, Xi agreed with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to elevate the bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Xi said China stands ready to work with Iran to lift their mutually -beneficial cooperation in politics, economy and trade, energy, security, and cultural and people-to-people exchanges to a new stage.

Rouhani said Iran will respond actively to the Belt and Road Initiative, a vision Xi put forward in 2013 to boost connectivity and common development along the ancient land and maritime Silk Roads.

The two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding on jointly pursuing the initiative.

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