China To Host Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Amidst Worries Of Iran Nuclear Deal Fallout

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| May 28 , 2018 , 11:09 IST

China will be hosting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a regional summit next month aimed at avoiding disruption of joint projects, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday. The visit comes in the aftermath of US withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions on the nation as other nations scramble to maintain the Iran nuclear deal without the US.

According to reports, President Rouhani will be going to China on a working visit and will attend the summit of the China and Russia-led security bloc the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation of which Iran is an observer member. The exact dates of the visit have not yet been released, but the summit is scheduled to take place on the second weekend of June in China's northern city of Qingdao.

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“Our hope is that China and Iran will have close consultation on the basis of observing the deal and push forward development of bilateral cooperation,” Chinese deputy foreign minister Zhang Hanhui said at a briefing.

“We should together look into how to avoid major disruption of joint projects between the two sides,” he added.

The 2015 'Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action' popularly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal was signed between Iran and world powers including the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China—plus Germany) and the European Union. As per the deal, Iran agreed to restrict its nuclear activities in exchange for lifting of international economic sanctions against Iran by the world powers that had been crippling its economy.

US President Donald Trump earlier this month withdrew the US from the Iran Nuclear Deal and re-imposed sanctions on Iran, although the other signatories have maintained the deal. Amidst Iran reports of restarting its nuclear programme, other world powers are making efforts to maintain the Iran Nuclear Deal without the US.