Feb 27, 2019, 5:15 PM
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China: Zarif playing positive role in developing Iran-China ties

Beijing, Feb 27, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has made positive contributions in promoting Iran-China relations, China Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

'Over the past five years or so, as the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has made positive contributions to the development of China-Iran relations,' Lu Kang said addressing a press conference commenting on Zarif's resignation.

He added 'the Chinese side appreciates this. China and Iran are comprehensive strategic partners, and we stand ready to work with Iran to advance our comprehensive strategic partnership.'

Elaborating on the impact of Zarif's resignation on Iran nuclear deal also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he said, 'I believe you are aware of China's position. We always believe that the JCPOA must be upheld, and we are making our best efforts along with relevant parties, including Russia, to uphold the validity of the deal.'

'We believe this is conducive to the peace and stability in the Middle East and the international nuclear non-proliferation system, and serves the shared interests of the international community,' he reiterated.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Zarif said he is to step down from his post and , appreciating the Iranian nation for their nobleness, begged pardon for his incapability of continuing his services and all probable deficiencies during his tenure.

President Rouhani in a letter on Wednesday said he will not accept resignation of the foreign minister as the move is against the national interests.

President Rouhani said he rejected the foreign minister's resignation regarding the Supreme Leader's remarks which termed Zarif as a brave, reliable and faithful person who pioneers in resistance against the US pressures against the country.

He said the happiness shown by the sworn enemies, including the Zionist regime of Israel after Zarif’s resignation well betokened the foreign minister’s success so “this is the best reason for you to remain in your post.”

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