Iran and China seek deeper strategic partnership
President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran and China ‘s visiting Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met on Wednesday in Tehran to discuss matters of mutual interests. The two countries had signed a 25 year strategic co-operation pact in 2021. Raisi in his welcome remarks said that Iran sees its relations with China as part of an effort by like-minded powers to confront US unilateralism and create stability and order.
“Confronting unilateralism and creating stability and order is possible through the cooperation of independent and like-minded powers,” Raisi was quoted as saying by the IRNA news agency. He added that the current “regional and global developments show more than ever the value of Iran-China strategic cooperation.”
Raisi also said that the successful implementation of the 25-year strategic cooperation agreement between the two countries, signed in 2021, was a priority for Tehran. The pact fosters closer co-operation in defence, oil trade, agriculture, health and transportation.
Wei in his remarks said. “This visit is aimed at improving the strategic defence cooperation between Tehran and Beijing, which would have a remarkable impact on fighting terrorism and defusing unilateralism, particularly in the current critical and tense situation.”
The Iranian Defence Minister General Mohammed Reza Ashtiani later met with Wei who invited Ashtiani to Beijing. During the meeting Ashtiani stressed “the need to counter American hegemony in the world by strengthening multilateralism.”
The Iranian Defence Ministry Press office also confirmed their boss criticised the US military presence in the Middle East and elsewhere, saying that “wherever the US has had military presence, it has created waves of insecurity, instability, rifts, pessimism, war, destruction and displacement.”
Other meetings with Iranian officials included meeting the chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammed Bagheri who briefed reporters on what was agreed. “We agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in joint military drills, exchange of strategies, training issues and other common fields between the two countries’ armed forces so that we can provide better security for the two countries.”
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