Chinese Ambassador: China opposed to forwarding Iran's nuclear dossier to UNSC
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Sept 6, IRNA
China's Ambassador to Tehran, Leo Jen Tung said here Monday, "Beijing is opposed to the idea of forwarding Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council."
According to a report by the Public Relations Office of the Culture and Islamic Communications Organization (CICO), the Chinese ambassador made the comment in a meeting with CICO Head Mahmoud Mohammadi Eraqi, adding, "China defends Iran's legitimate right to take advantage of its nuclear energy for peaceful purposes." He reiterated, "China favors solving the issue peacefully at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and not antagonistically at the UNSC."
Leo Jen Tung meanwhile considered the role played by CICO in strengthening the cultural ties between the two countries "important" stressing, "China is among the few countries interested in excellent ties with a strong and sovereign Islamic Republic of Iran." Expressing his country's interest in broadening and strengthening the Tehran-Beijing cultural ties, he reiterated, "Some thirty million Chinese tourists visit various parts of the world annually, out of which a noticeable portion can visit Iran's numerous tourism attractions."
China's ambassador considered the two countries' cultural relation "eye-catching and long-lasting", asking for paying joint attention to its further blossoming, particularly in a bid to teach the Chinese language in Iran.
Hojatoleslam Mohammadi Eraqi, too, during the meeting complained about the existing imbalance in the two countries' relations in different fields, arguing, "Tehran-Beijing cultural ties, for instance, is not developed to match the two countries' political relations."
Mohammadi Eraqi Announced CICO's readiness to revise the two countries' cultural agreement in a way to include more cultural activities, including establishment of broader relations between the two countries' universities, training courses for Persian and Chinese languages in the two countries' universities, and broader literary transactions.
Eraqi meanwhile expressed hope that China would grant academic scholarships in order to provide the proper ground for materializing Beijing's demand for establishment of Chinese language courses in Iranian universities.
The Iranian cultural official at the end appreciated Beijing's support for Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, adding, "At any rate, Iran is ready for broader cooperation with China in all possible fields."
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