Iran’s top security official on Monday commended as “a strategic success” a decision by Tehran and Beijing to implement a long-term partnership deal in defiance of US pressure.
“The implementation of the 25-year agreement between Iran and China, as the second-largest economy in the world, is a strategic success for Tehran, while the United States continues to exclude Iran from global economic interactions through unilateralism and continued pressure,” Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani tweeted in English, Persian, Hebrew and Arabic.
Iran and China announced the implementation of the cooperation agreement on Friday during a visit by Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian to the Asian economic power house.
The two countries signed the landmark deal 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.
Amir-Abdollahian said the strategic deal will be a “win-win” game for the two countries as it serves both sides’ interests.
“In this agreement, we have included anything that is in line with the interests of the two nations. Tehran and Beijing will benefit from the deal, which will today enter its implementation phase,” he told China Global Television Network (CGTN).
China said on Friday 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,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a meeting with Amir-Abdollahian in China's eastern city of Wuxi.