On his first official visit to China, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian announced the implementation of the ambitious 25-year strategic agreement between the two countries.
On Friday, following extensive deliberations with senior Chinese officials during his two-day visit to Beijing, Amir-Abdollahian said the two sides agreed to announce the start of the implementation of the long-term pact.
The two countries have made “adequate arrangements” to set the agreement in motion, hailing it as “one of the important achievements” of the trip, Amir-Abdollahian expressed speaking to reporters in Beijing after his meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
The visit was the top Iranian diplomat’s first visit to Beijing since assuming office in September, during which he also carried a letter from President Ebrahim Raisi to Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
On March 27, Iran and China signed the $400 billion agreement during the term of then Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Wang during the latter’s visit to Tehran.
While the agreement paves the way for Iran’s participation in Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative, a massive infrastructure project stretching from East Asia to Europe, it also includes economic and cultural interaction between the two sides.