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President Jiang Zemin Met with Iranian Supreme Leader

2002/04/22
On the morning of April 21, 2002, President Jiang Zemin, on a state visit to Iran, met with Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran. The two sides held friendly talks.

Khamenei extended a warm welcome to Jiang for his state visit. Both Iran and China are ancient civilizations and have a long history of exchanges. Both in the past and at present, the Iranian people have always seen the Chinese people as friends. In 1989, he met Mr. Deng Xiaopeng during his visit to China and admired his great wisdom. At present, bilateral relations are developing rapidly, with cooperation areas constantly expanding. Both Iranian and Chinese people cherish their respective national independence and dignity. Both of us are ready to learn advanced things from other countries, but not copy them. To actively strengthen friendly cooperation with China is consensus of Iranian leaders. We would like to work with the Chinese side to open new areas and achieve long-term stable development of Iran-China friendly cooperation.

Jiang thanked the Iranian government and people for their warm reception and meticulous arrangements. He said that Khamenei is an old friend of the Chinese people. His visit to China in 1989 was a sucess and contributed to the development of bilateral relations. It is beneficial for bilateral relations for the two sides to strengthen mutual visits and face-to-face direct exchanges between the leaders. The friendship between Chinese and Iranian peoples dates back to a long time ago. The ancient Silk Road is a historical witness to the friendly exchanges between China and Iran, two old and great peoples. During the past 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, with joint care and work of the leaders, China-Iran traditional friendship scored new development. Both China and Iran are important nations in Asia and have played an important role in regional and
international affairs. We both belong to developing countries, and share identical and similar views on many international and regional affairs. That serves as the foundation for bilateral relations to develop in a sustainable manner. He had rich talks with Iranian leaders in the past two days and enhanced mutual understanding. He deeply believed that on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefits, through joint efforts, the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries in various areas will certainly reach a new level in the new century.
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