Chinese President Xi Jinping talks with Iranian, Iraqi presidents over phone
Published: Aug 18, 2021 11:23 PM
Chinese President Xi Jinping made phone calls with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Iraqi President Barham Salih respectively on Wednesday, during which Xi spoke highly of China's relations with the two countries countries. Xi told Raisi that China will unwaveringly push forward with its good relationship with Iran, no matter how the international and regional situation evolves, and he told his Salih that China supports Iraq in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. 

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 50 years ago, China and Iran have seen changes in international society, Xi told Raisi, noting that China values Iran's efforts in developing friendly ties and is willing to push relations further forward.

No matter how the international situation evolves, China will unwaveringly develop a good relationship with Iran, said Xi. He noted that China supports Iran's rational requests on nuclear issues, and is willing to cooperate with Iran on regional affairs so as to promote regional safety and stability.

Raisi also thanked China for supporting Iran's battle against COVID-19, and expressed a desire to cooperate with China and stand up together against unilateralism, hegemonism and foreign interference. 

The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China is far-sighted and Iran is willing to participate, said Raisi.

When speaking with the Iraqi President Salih, Xi said that China supports Iraq in fighting terrorism and safeguarding its national safety and stability. The Chinese president said that China supports Iraqi people in choosing a path that is suitable for Iraq's own situation, and opposes any foreign forces meddling with Iraq's domestic affairs. 

Salih also expressed gratitude to China for helping Iraq with its economic reconstruction and fight against COVID-19, saying the country is willing to deepen bilateral cooperation on many fronts, including culture, tourism, trade and investment. The Iraqi president said that Iraq hopes to keep in close contact with China and maintain regional and international security and stability.

Global Times