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Rio Tinto and Minmetals have signed a heads of agreement to discuss opportunities for potential collaboration in mineral exploration.

This follows Rio Tinto and Minmetals signing a memorandum of understanding in March this year when both parties committed to examine opportunities for cooperation and collaboration.

The heads of agreement (HoA) sets out the principles and framework for potential mineral exploration collaboration, both inside and outside China.

“Minmetals is rapidly becoming an important player in the global mining industry and we look forward to partnering with them,” states Rio Tinto CEO, Jean-Sébastien Jacques.

“Our complementary strengths in exploration across the globe put us in the best possible position to find the metals and minerals that are essential to our modern lives.”

“Rio Tinto is a leading global mining group that has accumulated tremendous exploration experience and success over time,” comments China Minmetals Corporation chairman, He Wenbo.

“Minmetals is a fast growing company and the partnership with Rio Tinto will help secure mutual global opportunities for quality resources and enhance our long-term development in the mining sector,” he adds.

Rio Tinto and Minmetals will now work to formalise written agreements detailing the principles and other matters relating to its implementation and to establish joint teams to start the process of identifying targets for potential exploration collaboration.

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