China highlights Iran role in int’l arena

Yu Hongyang made the remarks in a Wednesday statement released on the occasion of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to China.

As an observer in the SCO and China’s friend and good partner, Iran has paid its share for the development of the organization, he added.

He said that Iran and China have close economic, energy and transport relations within the framework of the SCO, stressing that the promotion of bilateral cooperation has been gaining momentum over the past few years.

The Chinese envoy pointed out that the Iranian president’s visit to Beijing would provide a good opportunity for the further development of Iran-China relations.

The visit will reinforce mutual political trust between Tehran and Beijing and will increase bilateral cooperation, he added.

Ahmadinejad, heading a high-ranking delegation, is in China to attend the 12th SCO summit scheduled from June 6-7 and to hold talks with his counterparts from participating countries.

President Ahmadinejad will also meet with high-ranking Chinese authorities, including Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao.

The SCO is an intergovernmental security organization that was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Iran, India, Mongolia, and Pakistan are observer states of the organization.

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