Iran says 25-year China agreement enters implementation stage | Nuclear Energy News

The agreement was signed last year and includes economic, military and security cooperation.

Tehran, Iran – The 25-year comprehensive cooperation agreement signed between Iran and China last year has entered the implementation phase, according to the Iranian foreign minister.

Hossein Amir Rabadalahian, on his first visit to China as foreign minister, announced the news late Friday after a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

“While preparing for the visit to China, we made preparations to be able to celebrate today the start of the implementation of the comprehensive agreement between the two countries,” Amirbad Allahyan said, but he did not announce any specific projects or agreements to celebrate this agreement. Occasions.

The “strategic agreement” was signed in Tehran in March 2021 when former President Hassan Rouhani was in office, and it includes economic, military and security cooperation, although both countries are subject to different levels of US sanctions.

Among other things, China has been buying Iranian oil – at a discount – in defiance of sanctions for the past three years. Neither country disclosed the exact details.

During his visit, Amirbad Allahian also delivered a letter from President Ibrahim Raisi to President Xi Jinping, in which he said it contained an “important message” for the Raisi administration.

He did not go into details, but the Raisi administration has repeatedly emphasized an “Asia-centric” foreign policy that includes China as an important factor.

Amir Rabadalahian’s visit comes amid a series of meetings in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. The foreign minister arrived there shortly after China’s Yi held talks with the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the foreign ministers of four of its member states – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain – as well as the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Minister.

Vienna nuclear talks

Continuing talks in Vienna aimed at restoring Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers was high on the agenda during the Iranian foreign minister’s visit.

After the meeting, Amir Lahian told reporters that Iran was ready to reach an agreement in the Austrian capital in the shortest time, an achievement that could be achieved with the support of China and Russia.

A reading of the meeting published by the Iranian Foreign Ministry quoted Wang Yi as saying that China supports Iran’s “logical” position in the Vienna talks.

“We hope that the Western parties will also continue the negotiations in Vienna with a realistic vision aimed at achieving an agreement that also guarantees the interests of the Iranian people,” he said.

The foreign minister criticized the Western parties – the United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom – for what he described as their lack of “initiative” in the talks.

“They say we are concerned and we are in a hurry, but their lack of practical initiative shows that there is a disparity between their rhetoric and their actions,” he said.

The eighth – and likely final – round of intense talks has continued in Vienna since last month as Western parties warn that there are only weeks left to reach a deal due to Iran’s nuclear advances.

The heads of the negotiating delegations agreed on Friday to return to their capitals for two days of consultation, but the talks did not stop as expert working groups continued to hold sessions.

The United States imposed harsh sanctions on Iran starting in 2018 when it unilaterally abandoned the nuclear deal. Since then, Iran has significantly boosted its nuclear program, but says it is purely peaceful.

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