Spokesman: 25-Year Strategic Deal Aimed at Devising Roadmap to Expand Iran-China Ties
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday that the 25-year agreement between Tehran and Beijing is being implemented with the aim of developing a roadmap to further promote bilateral relations.
The logic behind the strategic deal is basically creating a roadmap for the expansion of ties between Iran and China and to promote bilateral relations to a comprehensive and strategic partnership between the two countries, Khatibzadeh told reporters in a press conference in Tehran.
This roadmap requires implementing its various clauses in economic, cultural, political, parliamentary and judicial fields which have strictly been followed up over the past five months specifically by the government and different ministries, he added.
Iran’s Economy Minister Seyed Ehsan Khandouzi announced that the Iranian and Chinese ministries have started detailed talks on implementation of the 25-year strategic agreement between the two countries.
Government departments from Iran and China have started detailed talks to reach concrete investment and cooperation agreements after a 25-year partnership between the two countries formally went into effect earlier last week, Khandouzi said.
“Now each (Iranian) ministry … has started talks related to its field of activity with the Chinese side so that they can reach contracts,” he added.
“It will be after the start of these contracts that the investment and growth we have in mind would effectively take place,” Khandouzi said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian announced on Friday that Tehran and Beijing have started implementation of the 25-year strategic agreement signed in March.
"We agreed to announce today as the date to begin implementing the comprehensive agreement on strategic partnership" between Iran and China, Amir Abdollahian said, after concluding detailed discussions on Sino-Iranian cooperation with the Chinese foreign minister in China.
During the meeting with his Chinese counterpart on Friday, the diplomat pointed to the significance of the 25-year partnership agreement signed between Tehran and Beijing, and emphasized that the implementation of the document would be an important event and a fundamental change in relations.
He submitted an "important" written message by Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi to President Xi Jinping.
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.
He hailed China's constructive cooperation with Iran in providing more than 110 million doses of coronavirus vaccines.
Iran’s foreign minister expressed the hope that the opening of China's consulate general in the Southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas would facilitate bilateral trade cooperation.
The top Iranian diplomat outlined the latest state of bilateral cooperation in various fields and said Tehran is resolved to implement all infrastructure agreements with Beijing.
He said extensive cooperation with neighbors and friendly countries in the region is among the 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 the security of energy transfer.
Amir Abdollahian 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.
The Iranian and Chinese foreign ministers also discussed a wide range of political, economic, trade, consular and cultural issues as well as regional and international developments. During the second round of talks, they exchanged views about the latest developments pertaining to the sanctions removal talks in Vienna and issues in West Asia and the Persian Gulf region.
Amir Abdollahian also said on Sunday that the 25-year strategic partnership agreement between Tehran and Beijing will have many advantages for both countries.
Ties between Tehran and Beijing are expanding in all areas, Amir Abdollahian said, adding that the 25-year strategic partnership between the two countries will be implemented with a win-win approach.
He made the remarks in an interview with the Chinese CGTN TV channel.
Amir Abdollahian arrived in the Chinese capital of Beijing on Friday to meet and hold talks with his counterpart Wang Yi and other senior officials.
He said that various issues, including implementing the comprehensive strategic partnership deal, regional and international developments, as well as Vienna talks, were discussed in meeting with Chinese foreign minister.
The 25-year strategic partnership and cooperation between the two countries will be implemented with a "win-win" approach, the top diplomat added.
He pointed to the start of the implementation of the Iran-China 25-year cooperation deal during his visit to Beijing, and said that Iran and China will benefit from the interests of the agreement.
Amir Abdollahian also considered China as one of the active parties in the Vienna talks which has played a constructive and supportive role in backing Iran's peaceful nuclear rights and always stressed the need to remove oppressive sanctions against Iran.
AmirAbdollahian arrived in Beijing on Friday at the head of a high-ranking political and economic delegation at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart.
Iran and China signed the landmark 25-year comprehensive strategic partnership agreement in March last year in defiance of the US unilateral sanctions to strengthen the long-standing economic and political alliance.
The deal officially documents the Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership that had been announced during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to boost economic cooperation between the two countries for the next 25 years and paves the way for Iran’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure project stretching from East Asia to Europe.