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Thunderhawk:  Iran Hopes to Join World Trade Organization in 2016
Iran hopes to join the World Trade Organization this year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff Mohammad Nahavandian told Sputnik, calling to expedite the process
The European Union, the United Nations and partially the United States lifted on January 16 their sanctions against the Islamic republic after the International Atomic Energy Agency verified Tehran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement.
“I hope so,” he said when asked if Iran could become a member of the WTO in 2016.

He said that the request has already been sent. Iran is currently an observer in the organization.
“The only thing is that a working party has to be held. And I think that will be expedited,” he said.
Thunderhawk:  Chinese president arrives in Tehran
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport tonight, Irna reported.
The Chinese president is in Iran at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.
President Xi is heading a high-ranking Chinese delegation to Iran.
The Chinese president was welcomed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif upon his arrival at Mehrabad International Airport.
The Chinese president’s trip to Tehran is the last leg of his three-nation tour which has also taken him to Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The visit is the first by a Chinese president to Iran in 14 years.
Iran and China will sign 17 documents for cooperation in economic, industrial, cultural and judicial fields in the presence of the two countries’ presidents.
The value of trade exchanges between Tehran and Beijing stood at some $52 billion in 2014. However, the figure dropped in 2015 due to decreasing oil prices.