President Hu Jintao Holds Talks with Iranian Counterpart Ahmadinejad

June 8, 2012

On the morning of June 8, 2012, Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks at the Great Hall of the People with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is here in China for a visit and to attend the SCO summit.

Hu said the growing China-Iran relationship has brought substantial benefits to the peoples of the two countries over the past several years. China looks at relations with Iran from a strategic height and long-term perspective. China would like to work with Iran to push for sound, stable development of China-Iran friendly cooperative relations from the following four aspects. First, both sides should strengthen exchanges between the two nations' top leadership, governmental bodies, legislatures and political parties, he said. Second, Hu urged both sides to advance pragmatic cooperation in the principle of graduality and mutual benefit. Third, Hu suggested the two countries promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and build mutual understanding and friendship between both peoples. Fourth, he proposed both sides should maintain contacts and coordination on major international and regional issues so as to preserve regional peace and stability, and promote common development.

Hu emphasized that it is China's persistent policy to solve the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogues and cooperation. With the joint efforts of all parties, new progress has been made during the talks in Baghdad, Hu said, adding that China hopes the Iranian side can weigh up the situation, take a flexible and pragmatic approach, have serious talks with all six related nations on substantive issues, and enhance dialogues and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency so as to ensure the issue can be resolved through dialogues and negotiations. He also said China will continue to play a constructive role in settling the issue through peaceful means.

Ahmadinejad pointed out that Iran and China are both ancient civilizations, linked by the centuries-old Silk Road. Iran is glad about China's achievements and would like to strengthen its friendly ties with China, expand cooperation in the fields of trade, energy, agriculture, as well as infrastructure, and boost people-to-people and cultural exchanges so as to push forward the ties. This is in the interest of both countries and is also conducive to regional and world peace, stability and development, he added.

The Iranian president also introduced his nation's position on the Iranian nuclear issue, saying that Iran hopes to resolve the issue through dialogue. He added that Iran would make further efforts and continue to maintain contacts with all parties concerned.

Prior to the talks, President Hu held a welcome ceremony for Ahmadinejad's visit at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission of China Zhang Ping, Minister of Finance Xie Xuren, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and Chinese Ambassador to Iran Yu Hongyang attended the welcome ceremony.