Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Raisi calls for expansion of bilateral relations between Iran and China

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has called for closer ties between Iran and China amid US sanctions and 'interference in internal affairs' of the two countries.

Raisi in a Saturday message to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping extended his good wishes to the Chinese president and people on the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, saying Tehran is ready to strengthen its bilateral and multilateral cooperation with Beijing.

Saturday marks the 73rd Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

“As two independent countries that oppose unilateralism and interference in the internal affairs of other countries, Iran and China share many common grounds for all-out expansion of their relations,” he said.

Raisi underlined that the world is facing challenges today which stand in need of cooperation of independent countries and global solutions.

He underscored the Islamic Republic welcomes the Chinese president’s global development and global security initiatives as ideas aimed at promoting the collective interests of nations, improving their well-being, and strengthening global peace and stability.

“Undoubtedly, the serious will of the two sides to implement the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership draws a clear perspective for strengthening ties and realizing the common goals and interests of the two countries,” the Iranian president maintained.

“Therefore, I would like to underscore the Islamic Republic of Iran’s readiness to strengthen as much as possible full-scale cooperation with the People’s Republic of China in the form of bilateral mechanisms and within the framework of multilateral arrangements and institutions,” he added.

Back in March 2021, Iran and China signed a 25-year comprehensive strategic partnership deal to strengthen their long-standing economic and political alliance. The partnership was first announced in 2016, when Xi visited Iran to strengthen Tehran-Beijing ties. It aims to boost economic cooperation between the two countries and paves the way for Iran’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure project stretching from East Asia to Europe.

Iran and China have enjoyed close ties in recent years, particularly after the United States reinstated sanctions on the Iranian economy in 2018 after unilaterally withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement.

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