Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Li Zhanshu discussed ways for closer cooperation between Tehran and Beijing in various fields.
In a video conference on Monday morning, Qalibaf and Li explored avenues for the enhancement of cooperation between Iran and China, particularly the parliamentary ties, and discussed the prospect of the regional and international developments.
“The friendly relations between Tehran and Beijing have not been and would not be influenced by the ties with other countries and international conditions, but will go ahead in all fields on the basis of cooperation and common interests,” Qalibaf said in the webinar.
He also praised China’s decisive rejection of the sanctions against the Iranian nation, saying the strategically significant relations between Iran and China are not affected by developments in other states.
The Parliament speaker also stressed the need for respecting the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.
For his part, the senior Chinese official said his country’s leadership believes that the friendly relations with Iran derive from a historic background of mutual cooperation in hard times and unwavering mutual support.
The government and National People’s Congress of China condemn the US’ sanctions against other nations and reassert their commitment to and support for international agreements, Li added.
In comments in October 2020, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Tehran and Beijing “are determined to further expand their strategic partnership,” adding that China is Iran’s “1st economic partner” despite the US “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic.