Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in Beijing along with the countrys Parliament speaker, says China is of great importance in Irans foreign policy, and thats demonstrated by strategic relations between the two governments. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing on Feb. 19, 2019. / Photo by Reuters
China is an important country for Iran and has a big role in Irans foreign policy, IRNA quoted him as saying in a Tuesday meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing.
Zarif said the trip of a high-ranking politico-economic Iranian delegation, comprising senior officials including Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, is a new beginning in Tehran-Beijing relations and shows Chinas importance for Iran.
Irans most strategic relations in the world is with China, he said.
The top Chinese diplomat, in turn, stressed the importance of relations between the two countries.
The trip of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Tehran in March 2016 has boosted the two countries relations to a strategic level, he said.
A number of senior Iranian officials, including Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, Economy Minister Farhad Dejpasand and Central Bank Governor Abdolnasser Hemmati, are accompanying Zarif and Larijani in the trip.