News ID: 271664
Published: 0200 GMT July 18, 2020

Foreign Ministry rejects MP remarks on Iran-China agreement

Foreign Ministry rejects MP remarks on Iran-China agreement

Iran’s Foreign Ministry in a statement rejected remarks by an Iranian lawmaker who has claimed that the authority of some Iranian islands had been supposed to be transferred to China under a 25-year cooperation agreement.

In the statement, the Foreign Ministry on Saturday rejected as “fundamentally false” the remarks by Iranian lawmaker Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash in an interview with the state television, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website. 
The statement described the repetition of such “baseless claims” as a severe blow to the national interests of the country. 
It came days after Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that Iran will not cede even “a handspan” of its soil to China or any other country, dismissing rumors and anti-Iran reports that the 25-year agreement with Beijing entails cession of some parts of the Iranian territory to Chinese contractors, Press TV wrote.
The agreement is at the “negotiation” stage, Zarif said, noting that the Foreign Ministry has obtained the required permission from the government to engage in the relevant talks. The top diplomat was speaking to ICANA news agency, the Iranian Parliament’s news outlet, in remarks that were published on Thursday.
He also addressed rumors and allegations about Iran’s potential cession of Kish Island or other Persian Gulf islands to China as part of the agreement, saying, “These allegations are not true. There is not even a particle of truth to these allegations, which have been put forth.”
Zarif said upon conclusion that the agreement will be submitted to Parliament for approval, vowing that the legislature will certainly be allowed to play its role in the matter.
 
West’s anger 
 
Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Kazem Gharibabadi also defended the cooperation agreement with China on Saturday, according to Mehr News Agency. 
Gharibabadi said that the main concerns of Western countries of the realization of Tehran-Beijing cooperation is Iran's progress and development under sanctions.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is under the most severe, cruel, and illegal sanctions imposed by the United States. [Donald] Trump has resorted to the so-called policy of maximum pressure against Iran in order to achieve his goals”, Gharibabadi wrote on his Instagram page. 
“We should seize any opportunity available in the international arena to overcome sanctions besides the country’s strong infrastructures”, he said, adding that, “One of these measures is to unite and enter into strategic and long-term cooperation while maintaining national interests and security as well as observing the laws of the country.”
“Today, China not only oppose US policies of unilateralism and expansionism, but also is the world's second-largest economy,” he said. 
Elsewhere in his remarks, he called Iran's strategic cooperation with China a wise decision in the interest of both countries, adding, “It is natural that in such a situation, the US and its allies will make any efforts to keep Iran in economic isolation and prevent it from entering into extensive trade and economic relations with other countries.”
The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Iran and China was announced in a joint statement during a visit to Tehran by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016.
The cooperation roadmap consists of 20 articles, covering Tehran-Beijing ties in “political,” “executive cooperation,” “human and cultural,” “judiciary, security, and defense,” and “regional and international” domains, according to the statement released back then.
   
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