On March 27, 2021 local time, Iranian President Rouhani met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tehran.
Wang Yi conveyed President Xi Jinping's cordial greetings and New Year wishes to Rouhani, and thanked Iran for its warm and thoughtful reception to China during Nowruz (Iranian New Year). Wang Yi said, the China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership has withstood the test of the changing international situation. No matter how the world situation changes, China's willingness to develop China-Iran relations will not change. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The comprehensive cooperation plan signed today will make an overall plan for promoting the China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership. It will not only benefit the two peoples, but also contribute to regional and world peace.
Wang Yi said, China firmly supports Iran in upholding its national sovereignty and national dignity, and safeguarding its own development path. China has opposed and will always oppose unreasonable unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran by the outside world. Any unilateral sanctions violate international law. In particular, sanctions based on lies and false information are a provocation to human conscience, loss of morality, and unpopularity. China is willing to work with Iran and the people of other countries in opposing power politics and bullying, safeguarding international fairness and justice, and upholding the basic norms of international relations.
Wang Yi pointed out, now it's the time to seriously reflect on the evil consequences of external interference on the regional situation, and work together to explore effective ways to maintain the long-term stability of the region. The core of China's five-point initiative on achieving security and stability in the Middle East is to call on regional countries to uphold the attitude of ownership, promote the spirit of independence, get rid of the interference of geopolitical competition, seek a development path that suits the national conditions of the region, and establish a security structure that meets the interests of regional countries. China is willing to work with countries in the region to this end.
Rouhani asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings and best wishes to President Xi Jinping. Rouhani said, all sectors of Iran regard China as its most important cooperative partner. President Xi Jinping's successful visit to Iran in 2016 has promoted the substantial development of Iran-China relations. The signing of the comprehensive cooperation plan between the two countries will further clarify the roadmap for future cooperation between Iran and China. Iran hopes to strengthen anti-pandemic cooperation with China, deepen beneficial cooperation in various fields, and advance counter-terrorism cooperation. Iran and China have the same or similar positions on regional and international issues. The Iranian side advocates solving problems through dialogue, and hopes to further strengthen cooperation with China on safeguarding regional security.
Rouhani said, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a multilateral agreement. The US should not have any preconditions for resuming the implementation of the JCPOA and should take actions first. Iran appreciates China's important role in safeguarding the JCPOA and is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China.
Wang Yi expressed, the JCPOA is an important multilateralism achievement reached through hard work. The unilateral withdrawal of the former U.S. administration from the JCPOA created a bad precedent for non-compliance with international agreements, which was condemned by the international community. The new U.S. administration hopes to return to the JCPOA, and we welcome it. China believes that upholding the JCPOA means upholding multilateralism and upholding the authority of the UN Security Council. The JCPOA, not a revolving door, can't be willfully withdrawn from and joined in by the United States. The United States should reflect on the damage to regional peace and international stability caused by its withdrawal of the JCPOA, and reflect on the losses it has caused to relevant countries. The unilateral sanctions on Iran should be lifted as soon as possible, and the long-arm jurisdiction on relevant countries, including China, should be lifted.
On the same day, Wang Yi also met with Adviser to the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Larijani, and held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.