China and Iran start strategic cooperation agreement

(File) Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on December 6, 2021 in Tehran.

Contrary to Washington’s sanctions against Tehran, China announced on Saturday (15) the start of the implementation of a strategic agreement with Iran, which strengthens economic and political cooperation between the two countries.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian announced the start of implementation of this agreement at a meeting in Wuxi, east China, on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released in Beijing.

After years of negotiations, China and Iran signed this agreement in 2021, which covers energy, security, infrastructure and communications.

Few details of this collaboration have been released, but in 2020, the American newspaper The New York Times reported that it would guarantee regular oil supplies to China, citing a draft pact.

China is Iran’s main trading partner and was one of its biggest oil buyers until then-US President Donald Trump reimposed unilateral sanctions on the country in 2018.

Officially, China has stopped importing oil from Iran, but analysts say Iranian oil continues to enter, in the form of imports from other countries.

Yesterday, Minister Wang declared that China will continue to “oppose illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran,” according to the Foreign Ministry’s statement.

Beijing has long sought to strengthen its ties with Tehran. In a rare visit to the country in 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping called the Islamic Republic “China’s main partner in the Middle East”.

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