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Wed 17 Apr 2024 11:44 am - Jerusalem Time

The Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers hold telephone talks about tensions between Israel and Iran

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian held phone talks on Monday regarding tensions between Israel and Iran.


Amir Abdullahian briefed Wang on Iran's position on the attack on the consular section of the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria, saying that the UN Security Council did not make the necessary response to this attack, and that Iran has the right to self-defense in response to the violation of its sovereignty.


Noting that the current regional situation is very sensitive, Amir Abdollahian said that Iran is ready to exercise restraint and has no intention of further escalating the situation.


Amir Abdullahian stated that the Iranian side calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and supports China's active efforts to push for a ceasefire, establish regional peace, and enhance cooperation among countries in the region, adding that Iran is ready to work with China to further develop Iranian-Chinese cooperation.


Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, said that China strongly condemns and strongly opposes the attack on the consular section of the Iranian embassy in Damascus, considering it a serious violation of international law and unacceptable.


Wang stated that China took note of Iran's statement that its action taken was limited and an act of self-defense in response to the attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria.


He said that China appreciates Iran's affirmation not to target countries in the region and neighboring countries, as well as its emphasis on continuing to follow the policy of good neighborliness and friendship.


He added that he believes that Iran can handle the situation well and spare the region from further unrest while preserving its sovereignty and dignity.


Wang explained that the current situation is an indirect effect of the escalating conflict in Gaza, indicating that the urgent task now is to implement Security Council Resolution No. 2728 as soon as possible, achieve a ceasefire and end the fighting in Gaza, provide effective protection for civilians and prevent further aggravation of the humanitarian catastrophe.


Wang said that China is ready to maintain communication with the Iranian side and jointly push for a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the Palestinian issue.


Wang added that China and Iran are comprehensive strategic partners, and China is willing to steadily advance practical cooperation with Iran in various fields for the greater development of bilateral relations.


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