On January 19, 2023, Foreign Minister Qin Gang had a phone call with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at request.
Qin Gang said that China always views China-Iran relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, and stands ready to work closely with Iran to implement the important consensus reached by the two countries’ leaders, and advance the comprehensive cooperation plan of the two countries so as to deepen and substantiate China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership. China supports Iran in safeguarding its national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and is ready to work with Iran to uphold basic norms governing international relations such as the principle of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs, defend the common interests of developing countries and safeguard international fairness and justice.
Amir-Abdollahian expressed his willingness to forge and maintain close cooperation with Qin Gang to make efforts to promote the development of bilateral relations. Iran will work with China to jointly implement the comprehensive cooperation plan between the two countries, and continue to firmly support each other on issues concerning respective core interests and territorial and sovereignty integrity. Iran supports China in playing a greater role in promoting the building of a human community with a shared future, and is ready to strengthen cooperation under this framework.
The two sides also exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear issue. Amir-Abdollahian briefed on the latest progress of the negotiations on resuming compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and thanked China for its constructive role.
Qin Gang said that China appreciates Iran’s sincerity and flexibility, supports Iran in safeguarding its legitimate and lawful rights and interests, and calls on other parties to remain committed to dialogue and negotiation. He added that China will continue to play its role in its own way.