Iran says 25-year China deal enters implementation phase nuclear energy news

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

Tehran, Iran ——The Iranian foreign minister said that the 25-year comprehensive cooperation agreement signed by Iran and China last year has now entered the implementation stage.

Hussein Amirabdullahian, who was on his first visit to China as foreign minister, made the announcement after a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday night.

“While preparing for the visit to China, we are ready to be able to use today as the starting day for the implementation of the comprehensive agreement between the two countries,” said Amirabudorahian, without announcing any specific projects. or an agreement to commemorate the comprehensive agreement between the two countries. occasion.

Signed at the inauguration of former Tehran President Hassan Rouhani in March 2021, “Strategic Agreement” Economic, military and security cooperation is required, even if both countries are subject to varying degrees of U.S. sanctions.

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

During the visit, Amirabudorahian also handed over a letter from President Ibrahim Raisi to President Xi Jinping, which he said contained “important information” for the Raisi government.

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

Amirabdollahian’s visit came amid a series of meetings in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. The Chinese foreign minister arrived there shortly after China held talks with the secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and its four member states — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain — as well as the Turkish counterpart. minister.

Vienna nuclear talks

Negotiations continue in Vienna to resume 2015 Iran nuclear deal Cooperation with world powers was also high on the agenda during the visit of the Iranian foreign minister.

After the meeting, Amira Borasian told reporters that Iran was ready to reach a deal in the Austrian capital in the shortest possible time, a feat that will be possible with the support of China and Russia.

The readout of the meeting published by the Iranian Foreign Ministry quoted Wang Yi as saying that China supports Iran in Vienna Talks.

“We hope that the Western parties will also continue to negotiate in Vienna with a realistic eye to reach an agreement while ensuring the interests of the Iranian people,” he said.

The foreign minister criticised the Western parties – the US, France, Germany and the UK – which he called a lack of “initiative” in the talks.

“They say we’re worried, we’re anxious, but their lack of actual initiative shows the contrast between their words and their actions,” he said.

As Western parties have warned, an eighth – and possibly final – round of intensive talks has continued in Vienna since last month only a few weeks left The agreement was reached due to the advancement of Iran’s nuclear technology.

The head of the negotiating delegation agreed on Friday to return to the capital for two days of consultations, but the talks were not suspended as the expert working group continued to meet.

The United States has imposed tough sanctions on Iran since it unilaterally abandoned the nuclear deal in 2018. Iran has since dramatically increased its nuclear program but has said it is strictly peaceful.