Iran FM hopes for success at the Winter Olympics in China

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TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian once again congratulated China on its New Year and wished it success in hosting the Winter Olympics.

In a Chinese tweet early Tuesday, Iran’s foreign minister hoped for the best for the Chinese people and government.

“Before the Chinese New Year and the Beijing Winter Olympics, I hope the best for the people and government of China,” he said.

Amir Abdollahian added: “I hope for success in the Winter Olympics and congratulate my Chinese friends on the New Year. This year, with the start of the second 50-year period of diplomatic relations between two countries, the comprehensive cooperation plan will make better and stronger progress with additional efforts.”

Iran‘s foreign minister also released a photo of Tehran’s famous Azadi Tower lit up with Chinese and Iranian flags.

On Monday, Amir Abdollahian sent his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi a congratulatory message, congratulating him on the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival.
In his message, the Iranian Foreign Minister wished the Chinese government and the heroic nation success and prosperity, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said.

“I am glad to have had the opportunity to meet and have constructive discussions with you, old friend, ahead of the Spring Festival in the beautiful city of Wuxi,” the message said.

“I am sure that the agreements reached during the trip will pave the way for expanding comprehensive strategic cooperation between Iran and China in the second 50 years of diplomatic relations,” she added.

In his first visit to China since taking office as Iran’s top diplomat, Amir Abdollahian visited China in mid-January, a move hailed as opening new horizons for deepening ties between Tehran and Beijing.

The Iranian foreign minister heralded such a horizon in an article published in Chinese media ahead of his visit. Amir Abdollahian said the visit “will be a promising new horizon for our promotion and development of cooperation in various fields”.

At the heart of that horizon is a Strategic Comprehensive Partnership signed between Iran and China last year. On March 27, 2021, then Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi signed the plan, which elevates relations between Tehran and Beijing to a new, strategic level in various areas.

The plan, officially known as “Comprehensive Cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People’s Republic of China,” was widely hailed as a “strategic” decision by almost all Iranian officials.

Commenting on the Global Times, Amir Abdollahian said the various cultural and political similarities between Iran and China have paved the way for the two countries to push ahead with the development of economic and trade cooperation and the implementation of the comprehensive cooperation plan.

“China has played a constructive and rational role in the nuclear deal negotiations with Iran, particularly in the recent talks in Vienna to lift sanctions against our country,” Amir Abdollahian told CGTN before concluding his visit to China.

He said: “During the visit, we reached consensus on a number of important issues, including the implementation of a comprehensive cooperation agreement between the two sides. In order to implement this long-term vision for the development of Iran-China relations proposed by our leaders, both sides need a roadmap, so we have entered into a 25-year, long-term, strategic and comprehensive cooperation agreement. My visit here is to discuss with my Chinese counterpart, Mr. Wang Yi, how to implement the plan. We also exchanged views on important international and regional issues. For example, in Afghanistan and Yemen we are still facing serious crises.”

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