Ali Larijani, the former speaker of the Iranian parliament and a presidential candidate whose eligibility was rejected by the Guardian Council, handed over the file of the agreement concluded last March between Tehran and Beijing, which extends over 25 years, to officials in the government of Ibrahim Raisi.
Mansur Haqiqatpour, Larijani’s advisor, told Madara news agency that Larijani wants to “open the way for the government” so that it can appoint someone who is closer to Ibrahim Raisi and more coordinated with him to follow up on this file.
Haqiqatpour added that the former parliament speaker, who was the architect of the Iran-China deal, “made the necessary arrangements” with the Supreme Leader’s office before withdrawing from the file.
According to some Iranian media reports, the file was handed over to Mohammad Mokhber, the current first vice president of Iran.
This decision comes after the removal of the Larijani family from key positions in power, the latest of which was the refusal of the eligibility of Ali Larijani, a former speaker of parliament, to run in the presidential elections, while his brother Sadiq Larijani later withdrew from membership in the Guardian Council.
Larijani presented his candidacy for the Iranian presidential elections last May
Today, on March 27, 2021, Iran and China signed a 25-year “Trade and Strategic Cooperation Agreement”, which has been under discussion for years.
The signing of the agreement between Beijing and Tehran, the details of which have not yet been disclosed, was met with widespread opposition in Iran.
China is Iran’s largest trading partner and was a major importer of Iranian crude before the re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran’s energy sector in 2018, which led to a decline in oil exports from Tehran.
The signing of the agreement between China and Iran last March
On September 3, 2020, the “Petroleum Economist” website had published some leaks about the details of the agreement, the most important parts of which have remained secret and are not expected to be published, amid reports indicating that it may deepen Chinese influence in the Middle East.
According to the report, China is set to invest $280 billion in Iran’s oil, gas and petrochemical industry, of which $120 billion is to develop production and transportation infrastructure.