March 27 (UPI) — Iran and China signed a 25-year economic cooperation deal Saturday.
The deal comes on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Politico reported.
It’s the first time Iran has signed a long-reaching agreement with another major world power, though a 10-year deal the country made with Russia underwent two five-year extensions, making it last 20 years total.
Few details on the agreement have been published, but media reports say the agreement addresses a variety of economic sectors, including oil and mining as well as transportation and agricultural collaborations.
Under that agreement, China would expand its presence in Iranian banking, telecommunications, ports, railways and other projects.
And in exchange, the country would receive a regular — and heavily discounted — supply of Iranian oil over the next 25 years.
It’s not clear how much of the deal can be implemented while the United States is still in dispute with Iran over its nuclear program.
Iran has so far refused to participate in negotiations until the United States lifts economic sanctions that have hampered Iran’s economy.