Iranian President meets China's Hu in Beijing

Iran's Ahmadinejad met with China's Hu Jintao in Beijing on Saturday, amid tensions over Tehran's nuclear work, which Western powers say is aimed at developing atomic weapons.

Iranian President meets China's Hu in Beijing
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing on Saturday, amid tensions over Tehran's nuclear work, which Western powers say is aimed at developing atomic weapons.

Ahmadinejad arrived in the Chinese capital for a one-day visit to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Paralympics and meet with Iranian athletes.

"We have had very good talks in the past. China and Iran already enjoy good cooperation in various fields, like exchange of people and communication," Ahmadinejad told Hu ahead of a closed-door meeting at Beijing's Great Hall of the People.

Hu thanked Ahmadinejad for Iran's aid and support in the aftermath of the May 12 earthquake, which killed more than 80,000 people in southwest China.

China, a permanent vote-wielding member of the U.N Security Council, is among six world powers pressuring Iran to halt uranium enrichment, a process that can produce fuel for power plants, or potentially, nuclear weapons.

Iran insists it wants to master atomic technology in order to generate electricity and a civilian nuclear programme, but Western powers claim Tehran is aiming to develop nuclear weapons .

China, a big customer for Iranian oil, is seen as key to breaking the diplomatic impasse.

Reuters
Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Eylül 2008, 12:25
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