Aug 09, 2020 16:03 UTC
  • Iran bent on boosting strategic cooperation with East: Shamkhani

The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) says the Islamic Republic is determined to boost strategic cooperation with Eastern countries and detach its economy from oil revenues.

According to Press TV, in a Tweet on Sunday, Ali Shamkhani said, “The West’s policy toward our country has been based on preventing Iran’s strategic cooperation with the East and continued dependence of the national economy on oil [revenues].”

“Since a long time ago, Iran has decided to take these two steps [to boost strategic cooperation with the East and reduce economic dependence on petrodollars].”

“[Iran] will overcome the existing challenges through active resistance and [strengthening of] national solidarity,” Shamkhani noted.

Iran and China have recently agreed and are seeking to finalize a 25-year roadmap for strategic partnership, which was announced in a joint statement during a visit to Tehran by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016.

The cooperation roadmap consists of 20 articles, covering Tehran-Beijing ties in “Political,” “Executive Cooperation,” “Human and Cultural,” “Judiciary, Security and Defense,” and “Regional and International” domains, according to the statement released back then.

The Spokesman for Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on July 25 that the country's "longstanding policy" is to maintain "balanced, friendly" relations with all Eurasian and Asian powers.

"Our potential longterm cooperation agreements w/ #China & #Russia, & our continued joint work w/ #India in Chabahar prove this," Seyyed Abbas Mousavi tweeted.

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