On December 5, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the first meeting of the annual meeting mechanism between Chinese and Iranian Foreign Ministers in Beijing with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran and jointly met the press.
Wang Yi expressed that President Xi Jinping paid a successful state visit to Iran this January and the two sides announced the establishment of comprehensive strategic partnership, starting a new chapter to China-Iran relations. The establishment of annual meeting mechanism between Chinese and Iranian Foreign Ministers is an important measure to implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state. The two Foreign Ministries should strengthen communication and coordination and promote strategic cooperation between the two countries in bilateral and multilateral affairs.
Wang Yi noted that high-level exchanges play an irreplaceable role in advancing bilateral relations. It is hoped that leaders of both countries can continue to maintain close contact. Iran is an important country along the "Belt and Road". Attaching great importance to bilateral cooperation under the framework of jointly building the "Belt and Road" initiative, China hopes to make more achievements with Iran in such fields as economy, trade, energy and infrastructure construction, and implement major projects of production capacity cooperation between the two sides at an early date.
Wang Yi stressed that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear issue has been implemented for nearly a year and the work is under smooth progress in general. It is hoped that the agreement will continue to be implemented in a sustained, comprehensive and effective manner.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran and China uphold common principles in international affairs and common or similar positions on a series of important international issues. Always regarding China as a reliable cooperative partner, Iran values and actively develops relations with China. President Xi Jinping paid a historic visit to Iran this January. Iran is ready to work with China to implement the outcomes of the visit and jointly build bilateral strategic partnership. Iran supports the "Belt and Road" initiative proposed by China and is pleased with the progress it has achieved. Iran is willing to push bilateral practical cooperation in energy, transportation and other areas within the "Belt and Road" framework for more results. Iran thanks China for its efforts in promoting the implementation of the JCPOA, hoping that the agreement would continue to be implemented without interference.
Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on the Syrian issue, the Afghan issue and other regional hotspot issues.