Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Saturday for closer economic and security ties with China, saying both countries could be reliable partners, especially in energy.

“Iran is the most reliable country in the region for energy since its energy policies will never be affected by foreigners,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by his official website at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Meanwhile, Khamenei said the U.S. was “not honest” in the fight against terrorism in the region, as he asked for more cooperation between Iran and China.