Aug 26, 2019, 3:33 PM
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Iran, China discuss bilateral, int'l issues

Beijing, Aug 26, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi discussed the most important bilateral, regional and international issues.

Emphasizing the historic and strategic relations between Iran and China, both sides focused on reinforcing ties in political, economic, trade, cultural and energy fields.

Wang Yi described Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an important achievement of diplomacy and as the sign of multilateralism.

He also rejected any kind of unilateralism and reminded China's determination to maintain cooperation with Iran and the International community to preserve the nuclear deal.

The latest regional developments; namely in the Persian Gulf, North Africa and Latin America were among topics discussed by both sides.

Zarif arrived in the Chinese capital early on Monday for talks about the latest regional and international developments and issues of mutual interest.

Zarif’s visit to China occurs upon an official invitation by his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi had said on Friday that Zarif was scheduled to visit China, Japan and Malaysia in a tour of East Asia as of Sunday to follow up and implement the “active and balanced diplomacy of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

Zarif’s visit to Beijing was postponed to a day later as he flew to France to hold talks with leaders of the states parties to the JCPOA convened for the G-7 Summit in Biarritz.

Earlier in a message, Zarif said, "After stopping in Tehran from Biarritz to change planes, arrived in Beijing."

He added: "Important days ahead: Here, I will present a 25-year roadmap to materialize our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, & actively contribute to Belt & Road Initiative."

During the meeting, the two senior officials reviewed a number of issues including bilateral relations, the latest developments in implementing JCPOA, the initiative introduced by the Iranian and French presidents, the 25-year-old road map for the future of Iran-China ties, security of the Persian Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz and also the illegal and unilateral sanctions imposed by the US on independent countries.

The Iranian foreign minister stressed the importance of developing all-out mutual relations and condemned the US economic pressures on China as well as the intervention of US and some Western powers in Beijing’s internal affairs.

Zarif also underlined Iran’s support for a unified China.

The Chinese top diplomat highlighted the world’s need for multilateralism, the importance of international agreements and preserving the position of the United Nations Security Council in the international arena.

He underlined China’s support for any measures which will result in deescalating tensions, reinforcing security and stability in the region and also Iran’s economic interests in JCPOA.

Describing as all-out and strategic the existing relations between Iran and China, both sides underscored boosting cooperation in all fields.

The Iranian and Chinese minister also discussed developments in Afghanistan.


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