BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Asia Free Press): Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his visiting Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian and discussed bilateral issues and challenges, Xinhua report says.
The two sides announced the launch of a comprehensive cooperation plan to boost bilateral relations.
Wang said China is ready to work with Iran to implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, strengthen communication and coordinate actions, constantly enrich the connotation of China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership and open a new era for developing bilateral ties for the next 50 years.
Wang, while talking about Iran’s nuclear deal with the U.S., said that the right and wrong of the Iranian nuclear issue is clear. The U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has directly created the current difficult situation. The United States should bear the primary responsibility and rectify its mistake as soon as possible.
China will firmly support the resumption of negotiations on implementing the JCPOA and will continue to participate constructively in follow-up negotiations; Wang further added regarding Iran-US nuclear deal.
In his turn, Iranian FM Abdollahian, on behalf of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, said that Iran firmly supports China in safeguarding its core interests and adheres to the one-China policy.
Iran highly appreciates and will actively participate in the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), said Abdollahian, adding that developing relations with China is Iran’s top decision. The Iranian side is firmly committed to advancing Iran-China cooperation and supports the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics 2022.
The two sides jointly announced the launch of the implementation of the 25-year comprehensive cooperation plan and conducted in-depth discussions. Both sides agreed to step up cooperation on energy, infrastructure, production capacity, science and technology, and medical and health care.
They also agreed to expand cooperation in agriculture, fisheries and cyber security, promote tripartite cooperation and deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges in education, film, and personnel training.