Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the Islamic Republic is categorically opposed to certain powers' meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, including China.
In a phone call with China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday, Amir-Abdollahian added that the United States’ unilateralism is a threat to global peace and stability.
He emphasized that the Iranian administration attaches special importance to the implementation of the 25-year comprehensive strategic partnership agreement that was signed by Tehran and Beijing back in March.
The deal served to officially document the Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership that had been announced during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Tehran in 2016. It sets the outlines of the historic allies’ cooperation in political, cultural, security, defense, regional, and international domains for the next 25 years.
The top Iranian diplomat also thanked China for backing Iran’s membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
He stressed the importance of accelerating the delivery of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines that Iran had bought from China in order to be able to fight the pandemic.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in a phone call last month that the Sino-Iranian relations are a priority for his pending government.
“Enhancement of the level of cooperation and expansion of relations with China is a priority for the Iranian government's foreign policy,” the Iranian chief executive said.
The Chinese foreign minister, for his part, said Iran plays a constructive and leading role in regional developments and emphasized that Beijing is resolute on the expansion of ties with Tehran.
China believes that no obstacle at international levels can disrupt endurable Sino-Iranian relations, Wang said, expressing his country’s readiness to implement the 25-year strategic partnership agreement.
He emphasized that the international community has no option but to fight unilateralism and bullying.
The top Chinese diplomat also noted that his country would dispatch a large consignment of Sinopharm vaccines to Iran within the next few days.
The Iranian and Chinese foreign ministers also stressed the importance of establishing an inclusive government in Afghanistan with the participation of all ethnics and groups, fighting terrorism and narcotics as an important priority and dispatching humanitarian aid as well as making efforts to keep border crossings open.
They said the United States is responsible for the current developments in Afghanistan as it has played a destructive role in the country over the past two decades.
Together with its allies, the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to eliminate the Taliban. Not only did the Americans fail to achieve that goal, they set the stage for Daesh, the world’s most notorious terror group, to gain a foothold in the country.
A day after the departure of the last troops from Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden hailed what he called the “extraordinary success” of the evacuation of Kabul in a speech in which he offered no apologies for either his decision to end the war or the way in which his administration executed that mission.
He instead strongly defended his decision to end America’s two-decade war in Afghanistan and blamed his predecessor Donald Trump for negotiating a bad deal with the Taliban.
The US’s longest war cost over $2 trillion, claimed thousands of lives and culminated in a takeover by the very militant group that the United States had sought to remove.