Xi vows to advance China-Iran strategic partnership

TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) – Chinese President Xi Jinping says that China will unswervingly maintain its friendship and cooperation with Iran regardless of any regional and international developments.

Xi Jinping made remarks in a meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi who arrived in Beijing at the head of a high-ranking politico-economic delegation on Tuesday morning. 

"No matter how the international and regional situation changes, China will unswervingly maintain its friendship and cooperation with Iran and advance China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership," Xi Jinping told Ebrahim Raeisi, adding that China "supports Iran in safeguarding national sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national dignity... and in resisting unilateralism and hegemonism."

"In the face of the current complex changes in the world, times, and history, China and Iran have supported each other and worked together in solidarity and cooperation," the Chinese president said. 

Meanwhile, the Chinese president said Beijing "opposes external forces interfering in Iran's internal affairs and undermining Iran's security and stability," and will continue to "promote the early and proper resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue.”

Xi also emphasized Beijing's determination to deepen cooperation with Iran in the fields of trade, agriculture, and infrastructure.

Earlier in the day, Raeisi was officially welcomed by Xi Jinping after arriving on a state visit to China.

After the welcoming ceremony, Iran and China in a meeting of high-ranking delegations in the presence of the two countries' presidents signed 20 documents and memoranda of understanding to further expand cooperation in various fields.

According to the documents, Tehran and Beijing will improve cooperation in different sectors, including crisis management, tourism, communication and information technology, the environment, international trade, intellectual property, agriculture, exports, healthcare, media, sports, and cultural heritage.

Speaking to reporters before leaving Tehran for Beijing on Monday, Raeisi said Iran and China have similar views on fighting unilateralism at the international level.

The visit marks President Raeisi’s first visit to China after taking office in August 2021.


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