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Chinese FM terms Iran ties positive

Beijing, Aug 26 - Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing here on Tuesday, terming Tehran-Beijing ties as positive, expressed China's satisfaction with further expansion of mutual relations and lauded Iran's efforts to the effect.

Before meeting with his Iranian counterpart, he said that his negotiation with Iranian Foreign Minister, Kamal Kharrazi, will be focused on bilateral ties as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Stressing that Kharrazi's visit to China will contribute to further introducing the two states to each other and strengthening relations, he said that ties between Iran and China have been noteworthy over the past 30 years, specially after the victory of Islamic revolution.

Zhaoxing said that the frequent exchange of visits between senior officials from both countries in recent years have been very effective in raising the level of bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

"China gives high significance to its traditional and friendly ties with Iran and is willing to continue its extensive bilateral cooperation in the long run," he added.

Turning to the wide range of joint cooperation between Iran and China, he called for continuous exchange of visits between the senior Iranian and Chinese officials as well as foreign ministry authorities.

Terming the potentials of both states for economic and trade collaboration quite high, he stressed that China hopes for further expansion of joint cooperation in the field of oil, gas, power generation, communications and transportation.

"The favorable economic and social profits of Tehran metroproject are evident and more joint projects in various fields are due to get underway in the future," he added.

He pointed out that Iran and China, as two developing countries, have almost common outlooks on numerous regional and international issues and usually support each other in international affairs.

The Chinese minister also underlined the significance of closer contacts between the two countries in regional and international affairs.
5 posted on 08/27/2003 12:20:56 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iran Minister Due in Japan, Oil May Be on Agenda

Wed August 27, 2003 12:39 AM ET

TOKYO (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi will arrive in Japan later on Wednesday for a three-day visit amid signs of progress on a $2 billion deal to develop Azadegan, one of the world's largest untapped oil fields.
A Japanese government-backed consortium missed a June 30 deadline with Iran for the Azadegan contract following pressure from the United States -- Tokyo's key security ally -- to back away from it due to concerns over Iran's nuclear program.

But resource-poor Japan has made clear it is keen to do the deal with Tehran, its third-largest oil supplier.

Japanese Trade Minister Takeo Hiranuma told a news conference on Tuesday that talks on the oil deal were progressing and that the two sides had reached "substantial compromises" on some points.

But he added, without giving details, that a few matters still needed to be worked out.

The consortium includes the government-backed Japan Petroleum Exploration Co (JAPEX) and INPEX Corp as well as Japanese trading house Tomen Corp

A Japanese Foreign Ministry official said the oil deal could well come up at the talks with Kharrazi, in which Tokyo intends to press Tehran to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations' atomic watchdog, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said.

The international community has been urging Iran to sign an additional protocol to Tehran's safeguards agreement with the IAEA.

The protocol would require Iran to let the IAEA conduct enhanced inspections of its nuclear facilities.

A Foreign Ministry official said last week that Japan wanted Iran to sign the additional protocol but had not made that a condition for reaching a deal on the oil field.

The IAEA said on Tuesday in a confidential report that Iran had stepped up cooperation with the agency in recent months, but that it still had questions about weapons-grade uranium found in the country.
6 posted on 08/27/2003 12:46:20 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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