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16:08 | 2009-06-09


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Iran-China Cultural Cooperation Enhanced

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Chinese officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday to enhance cultural cooperation following the recent growth in Tehran-Beijing all-out ties.

Iran's Cultural Attaché in China Mohammad Javad Aghajari signed the memo together with Changchun municipality officials in Jiling province of China.

The two sides agreed to cooperate in holding cultural exhibitions, scientific meetings and exchanging cultural delegations.

Also on Tuesday, Iran's cultural and art exhibition, organized by the Cultural Attaché in the Iranian Embassy in China, opened in Changchun Palace Museum.

Earlier last week, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said in a meeting with Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Wang Guangya in Beijing that the age-old ties of Iran and China require that the level of two countries' cooperation be enhanced in all fields and in a balanced form.

During the meeting, Guangya pointed to the good relations between the two countries, and said, "China attaches much significance to the durable expansion and consolidation of the two countries' relations and assumes it as among its principal policies."

In recent months, Iranian and Chinese private sectors have signed dozens of agreements to boost cooperation in various economic fields.

Tehran-Beijing trade volume has jumped from 400 million dollars in 1994 to 29 billion dollars in 2008.

In 2007, Iran signed a $2 billion deal with China's Sinopec to develop the Yadavaran oilfield.

Iran currently supplies 13 percent of China's oil and is a major supplier of LNG to the energy-hungry country.