Envoy calls for expansion of Iran-China trade ties
Iranian Ambassador to Beijing Ali Asghar Khaji underlined the need for the expansion of trade relations between the two countries, IRNA reported.
'We need to further broaden our trade relations,' Khaji said on Wednesday, addressing the annual meeting of Beijing-Based Iranian Expatriates' Chamber of Commerce.
Khaji voiced Iran's readiness to remove the obstacles preventing the implementation of the approvals of Iran-China Joint Commission, and said, 'Iran is willing to increase the volume of its trade transactions with Beijing.'
In October, Khaji said Tehran and Beijing share the common view that enhancing their ties would result in a much better outlook for both nations, and called on relevant officials and bodies to pave the ground for optimum utilization of the existing opportunities.
Addressing a gathering at the Iranian embassy in Beijing, Khaji said fortunately there are good potentials for cooperation between the two countries which enjoy historical background too.
He went on to say that presence of Iranians in different fields of science, culture, and economy in China is significant, and vowed to do his best to help the country's tradesmen expand business with their Chinese counterparts.
Iran is currently China's third largest supplier of crude, providing Beijing with roughly 12 percent of its total annual oil consumption.