China, Iran to strengthen security cooperation, resist sanctions amid Afghanistan talks
A statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry reveals what was discussed during the Third Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the situation of Afghanistan.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry released a statement on Friday revealing that State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who came to China to attend the Third Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the situation of Afghanistan in relation to its neighbors, in Tunxi, Anhui Province, China, on Thursday.
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The statement narrates as follows:
"Wang Yi said, under the strategic guidance of the two heads of state, China-Iran relations have maintained a strong momentum of development. China supports Iran in safeguarding its sovereignty and national dignity and defending its lawful rights and interests and believes that Iran will also firmly support China in safeguarding its core interests. As a comprehensive strategic partner of Iran, China is committed to deepening bilateral cooperation in various fields and is ready to work together to produce more cooperation results for the benefit of the two peoples.
Amir-Abdollahian congratulated China on successfully hosting a series of meetings on the Afghan issue, saying that Iran and China enjoy profound traditional friendship and rich cooperation connotations. The important consensus reached by the two heads of state has injected strong impetus into the development of bilateral relations. No matter how the situation changes, Iran will firmly stay committed to developing Iran-China relations and firmly support China's just position. Iran is willing to be a reliable energy partner of China by expanding oil and gas cooperation between the two countries and is ready to strengthen connectivity, tripartite cooperation and educational exchanges with China.
The two sides agreed to strengthen counter-terrorism and security cooperation. Wang Yi stressed that the two sides need to keep a high degree of vigilance against terrorist and extremist forces such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement taking advantage of the situation in Afghanistan to cause chaos and troubles and take effective measures to safeguard common interests.
The two sides exchanged views on regional cooperation. Wang Yi said China supports Iran in improving and developing relations with its neighboring countries and resolving differences through dialogue. Amir-Abdollahian appreciated China's constructive role, saying that Iran is willing to maintain dialogue with regional countries.
The two sides agreed to jointly resist unilateral sanctions. Wang Yi stressed that the United States has been obsessed with unilateral sanctions, which violates the basic norms governing international relations, actually destroys the United States' credibility, and damages its interests. Sanctions do not serve their purposes, but rather contribute to greater resilience and stronger development of sanctioned countries eventually.
The two sides also exchanged views on the negotiations on resuming compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action."