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China, Iran foreign ministers meet amid Middle East tensions


Added 05-17-19 08:35:02am EST - “Iran's foreign minister held talks with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Friday amid heightened Middle East tensions and efforts by Tehran to keep its world markets open following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “China, Iran foreign ministers meet amid Middle East tensions”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BEIJING (AP) - Iran’s foreign minister held talks with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Friday amid heightened Middle East tensions and efforts by Tehran to keep its world markets open following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Wang Yi, whose country has been a major customer for Iranian oil, at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse.

The meeting came after Saudi Arabia accused Iran of being behind a drone attack that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom. A local newspaper linked to the Al Saud royal family called Thursday for America to launch “surgical strikes” on Tehran.

The U.S. has also dispatched warships and bombers to the region to counter an alleged threat from Iran that has seen America order nonessential diplomatic staff out of Iraq.

President Donald Trump decided last year to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers and imposed wide-reaching sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.

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