TEHRAN, Dec. 08, 2013 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani described Iran and China as to important countries in Asia, and called for closer cooperation between Tehran and Beijing in international arenas.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran regards China as an important country on the Asian continent and in international equations and welcomes any approach that will promote the level of bilateral and international interaction," the top Iranian parliamentarian said in a meeting with visiting Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi in Tehran on Sunday.
He stated that senior Iranian and Chinese officials are determined to further improve bilateral cooperation in political, economic and cultural fields.
Larijani added that Tehran and Beijing should draw up precise plans to use their enormous industrial and energy capacities to serve the interests of both nations.
Yang Jiechi arrived in the Iranian capital on Saturday night to work out a new road map for boosting mutual cooperation between the two friendly nations in all spheres.
The Chinese official who serves as a top advisor for political and security affairs is accompanied by a ranking political, security and economic delegation.
Late in October, Larijani traveled to China to meet with senior officials there on the latest regional and international developments and discuss the ways to expand the bilateral ties between the two friendly nations.
Speaking upon his arrival in Tehran from his several-day tour of China early in November, Larijani expressed satisfaction in the level of the ties between Iran and China, and said, "We will continue this approach. Moreover, the ties between Iran and China are consolidated and will not be influenced by political issues."
The Iranian top parliamentarian noted that Tehran and Beijing are resolved to promote their bilateral relations to a new level.
The Iranian speaker also called for serious steps to expand the two countries tourism ties by facilitating visa issuance. He called on Beijing to help with the process.
Larijani also pointed to the high demand in the Chinese market for Iranian products and underlined the need for using such potential.
Larijani met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, during which he underlined the need for the further expansion of all-out ties between the two friendly nations.
During the meeting, the Iranian top parliamentarian conveyed greetings of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei to the Chinese president.
Larijani noted that the Supreme Leader has always advised officials to consider sustainable and all-out relations with China.
Trade between Iran and China in the past year was estimated at $45bln.
Iran is currently Chinas third largest supplier of crude, providing Beijing with roughly 12 percent of its total annual oil consumption.