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Iran, China discuss JCPOA, all-out relations on SCO sidelines

President Hassan Rouhani has conferred with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a multilateral nuclear agreement Tehran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015 and mutual relations, particularly in economic and trade sectors.

According to Press TV, during the Sunday meeting, held on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Chinese port city of Qingdao, the Iranian president said China played an important and effective role during the negotiations between Iran and major world powers which led to the conclusion of the historic nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“Now, Beijing has also a very important role in the reinforcement of the JCPOA and fulfillment of the other sides’ commitments,” Rouhani said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the President said Iran welcomes Chinese firms’ investment in the upstream energy sector.

He also pointed to fruitful cooperation between Tehran and Beijing in the fight against terrorism, extremism and smuggling which promoted regional stability and urged the two sides to further continue interactions.

China has been the first trade partner of Iran over the past years, he said, adding that enhanced banking cooperation would support the implementation of bilateral agreements.

Rouhani also stressed the importance of developing bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, science and technology and expressed hope that the Chinese government would facilitate issues for Iranian businessmen and students including in the banking sector.

JCPOA signatories must remain committed to deal: Xi

The Chinese president, for his part, said his country is determined to boost strategic cooperation with Iran and added that JCPOA is a great achievement of multilateralism which guarantees regional peace and cooperation.

Xi emphasized that the US seeks to change the international order through unilateral approaches and violation of regulations.

He also voiced Beijing’s strong opposition to Washington’s unilateral move to withdraw from the nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on Tehran, emphasizing that the remaining signatories must fulfill their commitments under the JCPOA.

The Chinese president said Tehran and Beijing must boost cooperation at the United Nations, the SCO and the Confederation of International Contractors’ Associations (CICA) in order to counter the US unilateralism.