Bishkek, 27 October 2023(TDI) On the sidelines of the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Member States in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, yesterday, Chinese Premier Li Qiang held talks with Iran’s first Vice President Mohammad Mokhber.

The two leaders discussed bilateral ties and regional and international issues of mutual interest, and reached a number of important agreements.

Li said that China and Iran have maintained a steady and progressive comprehensive strategic partnership since they established diplomatic relations more than 50 years ago, despite the changing international situation.

He noted that President Xi Jinping and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi met twice this year and mapped out the direction for the future development of bilateral ties.

Li expressed China’s willingness to work with Iran to implement the comprehensive cooperation plan between the two countries, advance the Belt and Road cooperation, and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various sectors and cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

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He also said that China will continue to firmly support Iran in safeguarding its national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and national dignity, and will strongly oppose any external forces interfering in Iran’s internal affairs.

Chinese Premier Li stressed that China is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with Iran within the United Nations, the SCO, BRICS and other multilateral frameworks, practice true multilateralism, and safeguard the common interests of developing countries.

He said that Iran attaches great importance to developing relations with China, and is willing to deepen cooperation with China in various sectors under the framework of the comprehensive cooperation plan.

He also expressed Iran’s willingness to enhance coordination and collaboration with China within multilateral platforms, uphold international fairness and justice, and jointly cope with global challenges.