Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers hold videoconference

HANGZHOU, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) – Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a video conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Wednesday about bilateral relations and cooperation.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Iran, Wang said, adding that China is ready to work with Iran to implement the comprehensive cooperation plan and promote further achievements in the China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership.

Wang noted that the so-called summit for democracy proposed by the United States is, in essence, to incite division in the world under the banner of democracy, to encourage the confrontation of the camps with ideological lines. and to carry out the American-style transformation of other sovereign countries to meet the strategic needs of the United States itself. This practice goes against the grain and is doomed to have no future.

For his part, Abdollahian said that the comprehensive cooperation plan between Iran and China propels bilateral relations to a new stage. Iran is willing to deepen exchanges and cooperation with China in various fields. Iran resolutely opposes unilateralism, intimidation, double standards and interference in China’s sovereignty and internal affairs.

The Iranian side condemns the politicization of sporting events and believes that the Beijing Winter Olympics will be a complete success, he said.

The two sides exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear issue. Wang said the Chinese side understands the reasonable demands of the Iranian side and supports Iran in safeguarding its legitimate rights and interests.

Abdollahian appreciated China’s constructive role in resuming the Vienna talks and said Iran is ready to enter the negotiations with a positive attitude. Iran thanks China for upholding justice in Iran’s nuclear issue and international affairs, and stands ready to continue to strengthen communication and coordination with China.

The two sides also exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan.

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