ISTANBUL (AA) – China has reiterated its support to Iran on the nuclear issue, urging other parties to “remain committed to dialogue and negotiation.”
“China appreciates Iran’s sincerity and flexibility, supports Iran in safeguarding its legitimate and lawful rights and interests, and calls on other parties to remain committed to dialogue and negotiation,” China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang told his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian over a phone call.
Qin said China will “continue to play its role in its own way.”
Amir-Abdollahian briefed Qin on the latest progress in talks on the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
He “thanked China for its constructive role,” a statement by China’s Foreign Ministry said.
The US and its Western allies argue that nuclear talks with Iran were stalled because Tehran was “making demands that have nothing to do with the JCPOA.” The 2015 nuclear deal had been scrapped in 2018 by then-US President Donald Trump.
Qin said: “China always views China-Iran relations from a strategic and long-term perspective … and advance the comprehensive cooperation plan of the two countries to push for solid progress in China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership.”
Expressing support for Iran in safeguarding its national sovereignty and territorial integrity, Qin said: “China is ready to work with Iran to uphold basic norms governing international relations such as the principle of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, preserve the common interests of developing countries and safeguard international fairness and justice.”
Amir-Abdollahian said Tehran would work with Beijing “to firmly support each other on issues concerning respective core interests as well as territorial and sovereignty integrity.”