A picture provided by the Iranian Presidency on January 23, 2016, shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) ahead of a meeting in Tehran. / AFP / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY / HO /
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Iran and China agreed to expand bilateral ties to form a comprehensive strategic partnership, President Hassan Rouhani and visiting Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping said Saturday, calling it a "new season" in bilateral relations.Xi is the first Chinese president to visit Iran in 14 years, according to the Iranian state news agency IRNA. He has visited Saudi Arabia and Egypt as well during a Middle East tour that began on Jan. 19 . He was to meet Iran's most powerful figure, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, later in the day.
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