China’s President Xi to make state visit to Iran

The Times of Israel reports: “Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to Iran, Beijing’s foreign ministry said Thursday, as a three-day trip to China by the Islamic republic’s leader drew to a close.

Beijing and Tehran reinforced their strong economic ties in 2021 by signing a 25-year ‘strategic cooperation pact’ but have been under pressure from Western nations over their positions on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Iran is also under strict US sanctions for its nuclear program.

Xi ‘gladly accepted’ an invitation by President Ebrahim Raisi to make a trip to Iran, both countries said in a joint statement issued on Thursday.

No date was given for the visit, which would be Xi’s first to the Middle Eastern nation since 2016…”

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