0310 GMT November 29, 2021
In a phone call with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the Iranian FM also hailed China’s “valuable” efforts to send its homegrown COVID-19 vaccine doses to Tehran, Press TV wrote.
The two sides also discussed bilateral ties, the latest developments regarding the 2015 nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and key regional and international issues.
Back in March, Iran and China signed the 25-year strategic deal to strengthen longstanding economic and political alliance. It is aimed at boosting economic cooperation between the two countries and paving the way for Iran’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure project stretching from East Asia to Europe.
Amir-Abdollahian also pointed to talks between Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri-Kani and the EU’s deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora in Tehran on Thursday and said the Islamic Republic’s definite policy is based on the effective and full lifting of all unilateral and illegal sanctions imposed by the US.
He also criticized inaction of the three European signatories to the JCPOA, namely Britain, France and Germany, on Washington’s illegal measures.
The top Iranian diplomat said as confirmed by both sides, Tehran and the EU started talks in a “positive and constructive” direction and agreed to continue the negotiations at the current level in Brussels within the next two weeks.
The Chinese foreign minister said his country is ready to implement the strategic partnership deal with Iran, adding that Beijing is committed to cooperating with Tehran to contain the coronavirus and supply the required vaccines in any amount and as long as requested.
Yi said China would continue its cooperation and consultations with Iran at different levels at regional and international organizations as the two countries are resolute on the expansion of all-out relations.
He welcomed the resumption of negotiations between Iran and the EU on the future of the Vienna talks to remove Washington’s anti-Iran sanctions; reaffirming, once again, China’s stance on the importance of all JCPOA parties’ return to their obligations as per the agreement.