Oct 01, 2022 14:16 UTC
  •  President Raeisi calls for closer Iran-China ties amid US unilateralism

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi has called for expansion of bilateral relations between Iran and China as two independent countries that oppose unilateralism and interference in internal affairs of other countries.

According to Press TV, Raeisi 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.

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

He said 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.

‘China conducts legal cooperation with Iran’

Reacting to a new round of US sanctions against Iran, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning said on Friday that Beijing has always been firmly opposed to illegal, unjustifiable and unilateral sanctions by the US.

“The international community, including China, has conducted normal cooperation with Iran within the framework of international law,” Mao said.

“This is reasonable and lawful without harm done to any third party, and deserves to be respected and protected. The US side needs to abandon the wrong practice of resorting to sanctions at every turn and do more things that are conducive to negotiations on resuming compliance with the JCPOA,” she added, making a reference to talks in Vienna to revive the US-abandoned Iran nuclear deal.