News ID: 319421
Published: 0345 GMT January 15, 2022

Iran, China start implementing 25-year partnership deal

Iran, China start implementing 25-year partnership deal

International Desk

Iran and China announced the implementation of a long-term cooperation agreement aimed at strengthening their economic and political ties.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi made the announcement at a meeting in China's eastern city of Wuxi on Friday.

“The two sides agreed to announce the implementation of the 25-year strategic and comprehensive agreement between the two countries,” Amir-Abdollahian told Iranian reporters, after his meeting with Wang.

“We had made preparations so that we could announce today as the date for the launch of the partnership deal.”

Iran and China signed the landmark agreement last year after years of talks, with the wide-ranging partnership set to span areas including energy, security, infrastructure and communications.

The deal officially documents the Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, paving the way for Iran’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure project stretching from East Asia to Europe.

Beijing has long sought to boost ties with Tehran, with Chinese President Xi Jinping describing the Islamic Republic as "China's major partner in the Middle East" on a visit to Iran in 2016, AFP wrote.

China is Iran's leading trade partner and one of the biggest buyers of the country's oil.

A summary of the meeting between Amir-Abdollahian and Wang was posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website on Saturday.

It said the agreement would deepen Sino-Iranian cooperation in areas including energy, infrastructure, agriculture, health care and culture, as well as cyber security and cooperation with other countries.

“The Chinese side is willing to work with the Iranian side to deeply implement the important consensus reached by their two heads of state, strengthen ties and coordinate actions, and continuously enrich the connotation of China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership, so as to usher in a new period of the development of bilateral relations for the next 50 years,” Wang said.

During the Friday meeting, Amir-Abdollahian pointed to the significance of the 25-year partnership deal and said its implementation would be “a fundamental change in relations”.

According to IRNA, he submitted an "important" written message by President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi to Xi.

Referring to the plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of political relations between the two countries, the Iranian foreign minister voiced Tehran's readiness to expand all-out relations with Beijing.

Amir-Abdollahian expressed hope that the opening of China's Consulate General in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas would facilitate bilateral trade cooperation, Press TV wrote.

He also outlined the latest state of bilateral cooperation in various fields and said Tehran is resolved to implement all infrastructure agreements with Beijing.

The minister said extensive cooperation with neighbors and friendly countries in the region is among priorities of Iran's foreign policy and added that the Islamic Republic would continue to play a constructive role in regional developments, including maintaining and increasing security of energy transfer.

He also pointed to the importance of cultural relations and the common capacities of the ancient civilizations of Iran and China and said the Iranian artists' keenness to develop bilateral cooperation would be a valuable opportunity to take advantage of such a capacity.





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