China to send senior official as special envoy to Iran

BEIJING - China will send the head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) as its special envoy to Iran, the foreign ministry said on Monday, a week after Iran's foreign minister called on China's help to resolve tensions in the Middle East.
China and Iran have close diplomatic, economic, trade and energy ties, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has been active in pushing both the United States and Iran to reach agreement on the nuclear issue.
Zhang Yi, the head of SASAC, will be in Iran from Monday to Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing. He did not elaborate on the reason for Zhang's visit.

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