0158 GMT August 18, 2022
The Iranian foreign minister called for expansion of cooperation and bilateral relations in talks with his Omani and Chinese counterparts on Thursday.
In a phone conversation with Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Iran highlights the necessity of regional cooperation and dialogue, IRNA reported.
He stressed that regional countries are the ones that must decide about the future of the region.
Amir-Abdollahian added Tehran and Muscat are determined to deepen bilateral relations, underlining the importance of implementing the agreements signed between the two countries during the late May visit by Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi to Oman.
He described Oman’s role in the region’s developments as important, praising efforts by the Arab state to ensure peace and stability in West Asia and encourage cooperation among regional countries.
Busaidi said Iran’s approach toward improving relations with regional countries is very important, saying Oman is serious about doing the follow-ups on the agreements signed between the two countries during Raeisi’s visit.
In remarks in a separate phone call with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Amir-Abdollahian expressed hope that the two countries would facilitate expansion of cooperation and bilateral relations, including in the fields of air transport and exchange of students, as soon as possible in view of their success to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said dialogue between the two countries’ officials provides a favorable context for the development of bilateral ties, hoping that during the period China is holding the presidency of the BRICS alliance, it would be able to promote multilateral cooperation.
Amir-Abdollahian thanked China for inviting the Iranian president to take part in the 14th BRICS Summit, commending Beijing’s initiative to ensure global development and security.
Turning to the Vienna talks on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal, he said the Islamic Republic is ready to reach a lasting agreement with goodwill and seriousness while ensuring the Iranian nation’s interests.
The minister described a recent anti-Iran resolution adopted by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as unconstructive.
The Chinese minister expressed optimism that after the lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions in Beijing, the two countries’ presidents would be able to hold an in-person meeting.
Wang rejected unilateral approaches within the international community, describing as constructive and useful for boosting bilateral ties a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Iran.
He voiced China’s support for the continuation of the Vienna talks, hoping that the path of diplomacy would lead to the achievement of an agreement.
The Chinese foreign minister also described as a source of tensions the IAEA’s anti-Tehran resolution.