'Iran, China sign MoU on judicial matters'
Iran and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to expand relations in legal and judicial fields, a report says, Press TV reported.
Iranian Prosecutor General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei and his Chinese counterpart Cao Jianming signed the bilateral agreement in the Chinese city of Xiamen on the fringes of a meeting of the Shanghai group countries, IRNA reported on Friday.
"The expansion of relations between countries on various transnational crimes including money-laundering, drug trafficking, cyber crimes and (state) terrorism is a necessity in present times," the Iranian prosecutor general said.
Ejei also underlined the Islamic Republic's intention to further relations with other countries based on mutual respect.
In addition, he stressed the need for the boosting of legal and judicial cooperation between the Islamic Republic and the People's Republic of China.
For his part, the Chinese authority praised the judicial agreement and identified the accord as a means of solidifying Iran-China pact.
The Shanghai group is made up of Russia, China and a number of Central Asian states, which was founded in 2001 and is viewed as a vehicle meant to counter US influence in the region.
Tehran and Beijing have long been key partners in different sections of economy and politics.
Chinese officials have on various occasions highlighted Iran's importance and influence in the region and noted that the progress and strength of the Islamic Republic and other developing countries would help change the current world order.