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FM Zarif in China to further expand 'strategic partnership'

Iran Press TV

Saturday, 10 October 2020 8:48 AM

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in China for an official visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

Zarif, who was heading a high-ranking delegation, was welcomed by Chinese officials in the southern province of Yunnan on Friday.

He was expected to meet the top Chinese diplomat on Saturday.

Earlier, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the meeting would take place on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Tehran and Beijing "are determined to further expand their strategic partnership," he tweeted, adding that China is Iran's "1st economic partner" despite the US "maximum pressure" campaign against the Islamic Republic.

China enjoys friendly ties with Iran and remains a party to the 2015 nuclear agreement, from which the US withdrew in 2018 and subsequently targeted the Iranian nation with the "toughest ever" economic sanctions.

Iran and China are working to finalize the 25-year Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which was announced in a joint statement during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Tehran in 2016.

The cooperation roadmap consists of 20 articles, covering Tehran-Beijing ties in "Political," "Executive Cooperation," "Human and Cultural," "Judiciary, Security and Defense," and "Regional and International" domains, according to the statement released back then.

To America's dismay, the deal is crafted to help the two sides ditch dollar in bilateral trade and bypass the American sanctions.

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