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China backs Iran's 'reasonable demands' as FMs hold talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian meets his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi (File photo by ISNA)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the US must stay away from the use of ambiguous language in its proposed text on how tor revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a telephone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday evening.

“We are still serious about striking a good, strong and lasting agreement. The US, however, must refrain from the use of ambiguous language in the text so that the agreement could be reached within the shortest possible time,” he said.

Wang, for his part, said Beijing welcomes further expansion of relations with Tehran.

He said that the enhancement of bilateral ties will best serve both sides’ interests, calling for the effective implementation of the strategic 25-year comprehensive cooperation agreement between the two nations irrespective of international developments.

The Chinese foreign minister went on to say that Beijing and Tehran share common viewpoints on many regional and international issues. He praised Iran’s support for China’s inclusion in negotiations on the settlement of the Syrian crisis within the framework of the Astana process.

Wang also rejected unilateralism in the international arena, voiced support for Iran’s reasonable demands within the course of nuclear negotiations, and stressed that Iran is entitled to enjoy its legal rights.

On Wednesday, Amir-Abdollahian said Iran would not budge even “an iota” on its red lines during the ongoing talks in Vienna.

The top diplomat assured that while partaking in the talks, the Iranian government was carefully observing the lines that have been drawn by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei towards neutralization of the sanctions in parallel with the negotiation process.

The red lines “are subject of emphasis by President [Ebrahim Raeisi],” Amir-Abdollahian said, adding, “The Foreign Ministry [too] is following the same path seriously and strongly.”

The United States, under Donald Trump, left the nuclear deal in 2018, returning the sanctions that the officially-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) had lifted.

The Austrian capital of Vienna has been hosting several rounds of talks since last year to examine the prospect of the JCPOA’s restoration and removal of Washington’s inhumane and illegal sanctions.

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