Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian who is in China at the head of a high-ranking delegation has met and held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister and member of the country’s state council Wang Yi.
In the meeting, the two foreign ministers discussed a broad range of political, economic, trade, consulate, cultural, regional and international issues and explored ways of expanding bilateral cooperation over those matters.
Amir Abdollahian congratulated the New Chinese Year and conveyed warm greetings of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to his Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Iranian foreign minister also submitted Raisi’s message in writing to President Xi. Amir Abdollahian described the letter as an important message at the beginning of the 13th government’s tenure.
Amir Abdollahian reaffirmed Iran’s support for the One China Policy and announced Iran’s readiness to expand all-put ties with China.
He referred to plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Iran, appreciating China for supplying Iran with 110 million doses of Covid Vaccine.
Amir Abdollahian also spoke of the Iranian government’s agreement to let China inaugurate a consulate in the southern city of Bandar Abbas. He expressed hope that this will facilitate popular and trade relations between the two countries.
The Iranian foreign minister also outlined the latest state of cooperation between Iran and China in different areas, underlining Tehran’s determination to implement all infrastructure agreements with Beijing.
Amir Abdollahian said expanding ties with neighbors and friendly nations is a foreign policy priority of the Islamic Republic of Iran and underscored the continuation of Tehran’s constructive role in regional developments including the protection and strengthening of energy transfer security.
The top Iranian diplomat referred to the significance of cultural relations and the common potentials of the ancient civilizations of Iran and China, describing the interest of Iranian artists in expanding artistic cooperation as a valuable opportunity to use this potential for relations.
The Chinese foreign minister also approved of his Iranian counterpart’s views expounded in his op-ed published by the Chinese press. Wang said the Iranian foreign minister’s views show the high horizon of bilateral ties between Tehran and Beijing. The top Chinese diplomat underlined his country’s readiness to expand cooperation with Iran in the financing, energy, banking and cultural sectors despite the illegal sanctions against the Iranian nation.
Wang announced China’s full support for Iran’s logical stance on the bullying policies of the United States regarding the Iran’s nuclear deal, JCPOA. He said Beijing’s principled policy is to continue supporting Iran’s position during the JCPOA talks and underscored that the US must redress its mistake of leaving the deal.
The Chinese foreign minister also described the 25-year strategic cooperation deal between Iran and China as highly important and said Tehran and Beijing’s agreement to start executing the deal is a significant development that paves the way to fundamentally transform bilateral ties.
It is worth noting that the second round of talks between the two foreign ministers was held at the official feast given by the Chinese foreign for Iran’s top diplomat.
During that round of talks, Amir Abdollahian and Wang discussed the latest state of the Vienna talks as well as developments in West Asia and the Persian Gulf.