Iranian President Hassan Rouhani(R) meets with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao before the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on Oct. 9, 2016. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao here on Sunday, during which they both expressed the willingness to fully implement consensus reached by the two countries in January. (Xinhua/Li Mangmang)
BANGKOK, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao here on Sunday, during which they both expressed the willingnewss to fully implement consensus reached by the two countries in January.
Iran wants to further enhance cooperation with China in connectivity, finance, energy, education and addressing regional problems by mapping out a 25-year cooperation agreement more quickly, said Rouhani.
Iran and China agreed to upgrade bilateral relations to "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership" and also to "put consultations and discussions aimed at concluding a bilateral 25-year Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement " during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Iran in January, according to the joint statement between China and Iran on the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
China is willing to work with Iran in implementing the consensus reached by the two presidents and to deepen the strategic partnership, said Li, adding that President Xi's visit to Iran made a strategic plan for the development of bilateral relations, which are now facing new opportunities for further development.
Li also said he hopes there would be more frequent contact between high-ranking officials of two countries, deeper mutual political trust and more cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.
Rouhani said Iran attached great importance to ties between China, and the Belt and Road Initiative has great regional importance.
Both Rouhani and Li are here for the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit to be held on Monday.