TEHRAN (ICANA) _ The speaker of Iran's Parliament says recent strategic cooperation agreement inked between the Islamic Republic and China is a major warning to the United States that international relations will no longer be in its favor.
“Signing of the comprehensive Iran-China cooperation agreement is an important warning to the United States to know that international relations are moving fast to the detriment of America and this country is no more in a position to unilaterally impose a model, plan or agreement on independent countries,” Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf told an open session of Parliament on Sunday.
The accord is a “strategic step,” he said, since it tells the world that global matters are not restricted to the West, and that the “next century belongs to Asia.”
The top parliamentarian stressed the importance of seizing the existing opportunities in order to “translate this document into real economic and political projects, plans and cooperation while safeguarding national interests.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi officially signed the deal for 25-year comprehensive cooperation in Tehran on March 27.
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