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Iran's foreign minister in China to pursue partnership deal

Top on the agenda is a controversial, long-term partnership pact that critics fear may effectively push the Islamic Republic into becoming a China "colony." 
Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iran's top diplomat, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, headed to the eastern Chinese city of Tunxi on March 29 to join a summit of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighbors.

Apart from China as the host, also in attendance are Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Qatar and Indonesia. The participants are to discuss the latest in their cooperation amid the shifted political, economic and security structure in Afghanistan, where a lightning-quick Taliban takeover in August overthrew the Western-backed government of former President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. 

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