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After the EU announced the oil embargo, a move threatening to cut Irans economic pillar, Ahmadinejad visits China to ensure that major Asian oil importers do not follow suit
Beijing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit China next month amid a fresh wave of Western sanctions over it controversial nuclear programme, reports PTI. Ramin Mehmanparast, a spokesman for Irans Foreign Ministry, was quoted by the state- run Global Times as saying that Ahmadinejad would visit China along with a high- level delegation.
Analysts say that the trip will aim to secure oil exports to China amid a fresh wave of sanctions, the Times reported.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Ahmadinejad would visit China before the end of the Iranian calendar year on March 19, at the invitation of the Chinese leadership.
Ahmadinejads trip to China would come after visits to Beijing by Western leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who sought to persuade China to join in sanctions against Iran.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is also currently on a visit to the US. The EU reached an agreement last month to ban Iranian oil imports starting from July and freeze the assets of Irans central bank on its territory.
US President Barack Obama last week ordered a freeze on property and assets belonging to the Iranian government, its central bank and all Iranian financial institutions.
Mohammad Kermani, a professor with Irans Institute for Political and International Studies, told the Times that through Ahmadinejads trip, Iran seeks to deepen strategic and political cooperation with China.
Ma said that China is willing to maintain close communication with related parties to promote the early resumption of talks between six representative nations, Britain, China, France, Russia, the US and Germany and Iran.
According to Chinas foreign ministry, Ma also asked Iran to enhance cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA), with the Iranian side replying that it is willing to resume talks with the six nations at an early date and continue to strengthen cooperation with the IAEA.