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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran

2014/09/11

On September 11, 2014, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was accompanying President Xi Jinping for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit, met in Dushanbe with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran.

Wang Yi said that China views the relationship with Iran from a strategic and a long-term perspective, and is willing to continue to enhance the bilateral political mutual trust and practical cooperation. Iran is a major regional, Islamic and developing country with international influence. Both China and Iran shoulder significant responsibilities for international and regional peace. He hoped that Iran, as an important observe state of the SCO, continues to strengthen cooperation with the member states of the SCO and jointly safeguard peace and stability of the region.

Wang Yi pointed out that beginning from this year, the situation of the Iranian nuclear issue is undergoing positive changes. China appreciates Iran’s adhering to the general direction of peacefully resolving this problem through negotiations. The next stage of negotiations is crucial to whether a comprehensive agreement can be reached as scheduled or not. He hoped that all the parties adopt a flexible and practical attitude, meet each other half way, and eventually reach a fair, balanced, mutually beneficial and win-win agreement. China will, as always, play a constructive role in promoting the progress of the dialogue and negotiation.

Zarif said that Iran is willing to further develop the long-term strategic relationship with China and continuously promote the bilateral practical cooperation in various fields. Iran is committed to resolving the Iranian nuclear issue through negotiations, appreciates the positive role China has played in the negotiation process, and hopes to continue to get understanding and support from China.

The two sides also made in-depth exchanges of views on regional hot-spot issues concerning Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and others as well as on launching anti-terrorism cooperation.

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