Iranian President Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi is visiting China for three days to finalize a 25-year strategic partnership plan between two countries.
The visit s the first-ever by an Iranian president to China in 20 years. Raisi got the highest diplomatic protocols in China during his visit.
Meanwhile, Iranian President Raisi met with Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and briefed him on the agenda of his visit to China.
According to Tehran Times, many cabinet members are accompanying Raisi. Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Economy, Transportation, Petroleum, Agriculture, and Trade are also among them.
Additional, Ali Bagheri Kani, Iran’s lead nuclear negotiator and the Governor of Iran’s Central Bank also the part of the delegation of the Iranian President during high-profile visit to China.
Earlier, the Iranian President Raisi wrote an opinion piece for the People’s Daily of China in which he said, “Tehran and Beijing, which have signed a 25-year partnership agreement to expand mutual cooperation in many areas, have a lot in common”.
They take similar stances toward global developments, are against imperialism and unilateralism, and insist on the significance of respecting the rights and national interests of other nations, Raisi wrote.
The ongoing visit comes after years long talks between two countries to prepare their 25-year comprehensive strategic partnership.
According to Tehran Times, Iran and China have long been partners, particularly in economic terms.
China remains Iran’s biggest trading partner with over $20 billion total trade in a year. The Raisi administration seeks expansion in trade with Asia. It is a policy orientation that paid off as Iran’s foreign trade registered new records under Raisi.
An Iranian expert Jamshidi said, ” Iran’s trade under Raisi has even broken records registered after the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.”