Beijing, 15 February 2023 (TDI): The President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, and Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian visited China on February 14. They held a meeting with the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping.
Officials from both countries engaged in discussions on strategies and projects to strengthen their relations, boost trade, maintain peace, and safeguard mutual interests. The outcome of the meeting was a strategic trade and cooperation agreement between China and Iran.
Remarks by representatives
During the meeting, Xi Jinping reaffirmed China’s commitment to Iran’s national sovereignty and resistance to unilateralism.
Given the unpredictable nature of the international system, Xi applauded Iran’s efforts to reinstate its nuclear agreement and safeguard its rights and interests.
In this vein, the President reiterated that China would support talks for an early resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue and implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal.
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Furthermore, Xi pledged to play an active and constructive role in negotiations to revive the Iranian agreement, underscoring China’s support for Iran.
During his turn, Raisi expressed Iran’s willingness to enhance communication and coordination with China on international affairs, to uphold global peace and stability.
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Amir-Abdollahian, expressed gratitude for China’s solidarity and support. He noted that Iran will soon implement the cooperation plan, achieving effective results in interests of both countries.
The officials signed collaborative agreements in the fields of agriculture, healthcare, trade, and disaster relief. These will help to bolster the economic growth and development of both countries.
Notably, for over 40 years, Iran has faced its most challenging economic situation due to sanctions on its oil exports and petrochemical sales. To mitigate the effects of sanctions on Iran’s nuclear development, China has extended its support to Iran.
The China-Iran trade agreement is a big step forward in their relationship. It will help them work together in different areas, which is a win-win for the people of both countries.