Iran-US diplomatic efforts positive for ME: China

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei says the latest developments in relations between Iran and the United States will be positive for promoting peace in the Middle East.

“We have noticed the effort that both the United States and Iran have recently made to improve their relationship,” Hong said at a regular press conference on Monday.

On Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his American counterpart Barack Obama held a telephone conversation as the Iranian president was wrapping up his visit to New York.

The phone conversation is the first direct communication between Iranian and US presidents since Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979.

The two heads of states stressed Tehran and Washington’s political will to swiftly resolve the West’s dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program, and exchanged viewpoints on various topics, including cooperation on different regional issues.

During the telephone conversation, Rouhani and Obama also assigned Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry to quickly set the stage for cooperation between the two counties.

The Chinese spokesperson further emphasized that the recent developments in Tehran-Washington ties would play a “conductive” role in advancing the political process of the settlement of Iran’s nuclear energy program and other hot-spot issues.

“This is positive for maintaining and promoting regional peace and stability,” Hong said.

As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and one of the six world powers involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran, China has always supported the Islamic Republic’s right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and stressed that negotiations are the right approach to addressing the dispute.

Addressing the general debate of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 27, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterated Beijing’s stance on the need for a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the standoff over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

“We have played a constructive role in seeking a comprehensive, lasting and appropriate solution to the Iranian nuclear issue so as to uphold the international non-proliferation regime and peace and stability in the Middle East,” Wang said.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, stressing that as a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

By Press TV

 

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