China backs Iran nuclear deal, calls for new Middle East forum


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Javid Zarif reaffirm their commitment to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal

Beijing, China:

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for a new forum to defuse tensions in the Middle East after a meeting with his Iranian counterpart where he reiterated Beijing’s support for Tehran.

Wang and Javid Zarif also reaffirmed their commitment to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal with world powers, according to China’s Foreign Ministry, an implicit rebuke from the United States for abandoning the deal at their meeting on Saturday in the city of Tengchong in southwest China.

Iran has been locked in an acrimonious relationship with Saudi Arabia, the other great power in the Middle East, over the war in Yemen, Iranian influence in Iraq and Saudi support for Washington’s sanctions against Tehran.

“China proposes to build a platform for regional multilateral dialogue with equal participation of all stakeholders,” said China’s Foreign Ministry.

The forum “would enhance mutual understanding through dialogue and explore political and diplomatic solutions to security issues in the Middle East,” the statement added.

Wang added that support for the Iran nuclear deal, negotiated by the Obama administration but ultimately abandoned by Donald Trump, would be a prerequisite for entry into the forum.

Zarif said on Twitter that his “fruitful discussions” with Wang amounted to a rejection of “US unilateralism” and also focused on strategic ties and collaboration for the development of a vaccine against the coronavirus.

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