The Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers on Saturday signed a 25-year cooperation agreement between the two allies in a ceremony carried live on state television.
Relations between the two countries have now reached the level of strategic partnership and China seeks to comprehensively improve relations with Iran.
Our relations with Iran will not be affected by the current situation, but will be permanent and strategic,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted by Iran’s state media as telling his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Iran decides independently on its relations with other countries and is not like some countries that change their position with one phone call.
Wang met President Hassan Rouhani ahead of the signing of the agreement, which is expected to include Chinese investments in key sectors such as energy and improving infrastructure.
Cooperation between the two countries is very important for the implementation of the nuclear accord and the fulfillment of obligations by European countries.
China, one of Iran’s largest trading partners and a long-standing ally, agreed in 2016 to boost bilateral trade by more than 10 times to $600 billion over a decade.
The US regime and the other Western powers that signed the 2015 deal appear at odds with Tehran over which side should return to the accord first, making it unlikely that US sanctions which have crippled Iran’s economy can be quickly removed.
Jerusalem Post / ABC Flash Asia Point News 2021.