Wang Yi Meets with Iranian Acting Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani

On June 10, 2024 local time, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Iranian Acting Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani in Nizhny Novgorod.

Wang Yi expressed condolences once again over the unfortunate passing of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a helicopter accident. Wang Yi said that during the current period, the Iranian state and nation has undergone a significant test. As a comprehensive strategic partner, China supports the Iranian government and people in adhering to their established domestic and foreign policies, maintaining independence, sovereignty, stability and development, and wishes Iran a successful presidential election.

Wang Yi said that with joint efforts of both sides, China-Iran relations have maintained sound and steady development, benefiting from the long-standing traditional friendship and high-level political mutual trust between the two countries. Currently, China-Iran relations are at a crucial stage of building on the past and opening up the future. China stands ready to work with Iran to view bilateral relations from a strategic perspective, steer the development course of bilateral relations, steadily advance pragmatic cooperation in various fields, comprehensively deepen coordination and cooperation in regional and international affairs, and make greater contributions to regional and world peace and stability. China will continue to support Iran and Saudi Arabia in promoting the process of improving their relations and achieving lasting good-neighborliness and friendliness in the region.

Ali Bagheri Kani, on behalf of the Iranian government, thanked China for expressing condolences over the unfortunate passing of President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and for sending a special representative to attend the memorial service. Ali Bagheri Kani said that Iran is committed to strengthening strategic relations with China, enhancing cooperation in various fields, and continuously achieving new progress in bilateral relations. Under the current international circumstances, developing Iran-China relations not only benefits the people of both countries but is also conducive to regional and world peace and stability, as well as building a fairer and more reasonable international order and safeguarding the legitimate rights of developing countries. Iran adheres to the one-China principle and supports China in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Iran appreciates China's adherence to multilateralism and its commitment to upholding fairness and justice in international affairs. Unilateralism has reached a dead end, and cannot solve domestic problems, let alone global issues, as is fully proved in the prolonged Gaza conflict. Iran is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China in international and regional affairs, jointly uphold multilateralism, and seek solutions to global issues.

The two sides had an exchange of views on BRICS cooperation, the Ukraine crisis, and the Iranian nuclear issue, among others. Wang Yi welcomed Iran's participation as a full member for the first time in the BRICS Foreign Ministers' Meeting, and expressed willingness to strengthen strategic coordination with Iran, give full play to the important role of the BRICS mechanism in reforming and improving global governance, further increase the influence and voice of the Global South countries, and work for a more just and reasonable international order.