Oct 03, 2021 16:14 UTC
  • President Raeisi: Sustainable trust between Iran, China can lead to development, peace

Sustainable trust and strategic cooperation between Iran and China will bring development, stability, and peace to the region, while preparing the ground for true multilateralism in the world, Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said as he congratulated China on its National Day.

“Certainly, sustainable trust between the two countries can expand the ground of cooperation in the form of the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as the comprehensive partnership program, and turn inter-regional cooperation into development, stability and peace,” the president said in a message to his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, on Sunday, Press TV reported.

“I would like to offer my sincerest congratulations to Your Excellency and the great nation of China on the National Day and the 72nd anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China,” Raeisi wrote.

In his message, he said China’s grand achievements in recent decades have been due to the unity and solidarity of its great people and wise leaders, such as President Xi, who have worked for national growth and development.

China’s sustained commitment to the priority of “development” on the global political agenda reflects its vision of a just, people-oriented international order that benefits all countries, especially developing ones, the president noted.

According to Raeisi, the two great “peace-loving civilizations” and strategic partners can provide the ground for the realization of true multilateralism through strategic and win-win cooperation. “I hope that in the new chapter of relations between the two countries, we will see the promotion and expansion of cooperation in various economic, political and cultural fields, as well as the implementation of the strategic partnership.”

Iran and China have enjoyed close ties in recent years, particularly after the United States reinstated sanctions on Iran’s economy in 2018, when Washington withdrew from the multilateral Iran nuclear agreement.

On Wednesday, China dismissed a US request to cut oil imports from the Islamic Republic, saying Beijing-Tehran economic and trade cooperation has always been conducted within the framework of international law.