Rouhani grateful to Putin for supporting Iran’s accession to Shanghai security bloc

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he would like to discuss the situation following the USA withdrawal from the Iranian deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit (SCO) in Qingdao, China June 9, 2018.

Earlier during the visit, President Mamnoon held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, where the two leaders held in-depth discussions related to Pakistan-China bilateral relations and regional and global issues of mutual interest.

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Tension between President Donald Trump and traditionally close USA allies has overshadowed that global meeting. Li said that leaders of the two countries have developed a personal friendship.

President Mamnoon congratulated President Xi Jinping on his re-election as President of People's Republic of China and General Secretary of Communist Party of China (CPC).

The President said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor was an important part of Belt and Road Project. He said that Pakistan supported the Chinese chairmanship of SCO and appreciated the various initiatives proposed by China in the organisation during the last one year. Agreeing that Pakistan-China relations are a pillar of stability, the two presidents reiterated their resolve to maintain close engagement on all issues of regional and global importance.

"Both Presidents agreed that the two countries should further strengthen bilateral economic relations through inter-alia increased bilateral trade".

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