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Iran's Shamkhani welcomes cooperation agreement with China

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran in the Iranian capital Tehran, on July 10, 2019. [ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images]
Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran in the Iranian capital Tehran, on July 10, 2019. [ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images]

The Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, General Ali Shamkhani, hailed on Monday the coming into force of the 25-year comprehensive cooperation agreement with China as a "strategic success for Tehran," Anadolu news agency reported.

"The implementation of the 25-year agreement between Iran and China, as the second largest economy in the world, is a strategic success for Tehran," Shamkhani said on his Twitter account on Monday.

He added that such an achievement was realised "while the United States continues to exclude Iran from global economic interactions through unilateralism and continued pressure."

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, during his first visit to China as foreign minister, announced that the 25-year comprehensive cooperation agreement signed between Iran and China last year had entered the implementation phase late Friday.

On 27 March 2021, Iran's- then Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi signed the $400 billion comprehensive cooperation agreement during Wang Yi's first visit to Tehran.

The agreement which entails economic, military and security cooperation, comes at a time when both countries are under different levels of United States sanctions.

READ: China confirms opposition to US sanctions on Iran

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