High Hopes: Chinese Leader Arrives in Tehran in First State Visit in Decade

© AFP 2022 / STRIranian President Hassan Rouhani shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) during a welcoming ceremony on January 23, 2016 in the capital Tehran.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) during a welcoming ceremony on January 23, 2016 in the capital Tehran. - Sputnik International
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping in a first state visit by a Chinese head of state in nearly a decade and a half on Saturday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping talks during a joint press conference with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following their meeting in Cairo, Egypt - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Xi arrived in Tehran late on Friday. He is expected to sign 17 trade documents with Rouhani.

Rouhani said at a press conference broadcast by state television that Iran’s trade with China would increase by $600 billion over the next decade.

Xi's two-day visit to Tehran follows his trips to Egypt and Saudi Arabia to meet the leadership of these countries and to discuss economic and political cooperation.

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