On July 17, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in El Alamein.
Wang Yi said that China appreciates the positive contributions President Hassan Rouhani and the Iranian government have made to the development of China-Iran relations over the past eight years. China is willing to work with Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi and the new administration to carry forward the good tradition of mutual trust and support between the two countries, strengthen friendly exchanges and cooperation, continue to jointly oppose unilateralism and bullying practice, and resolutely safeguard multilateralism and international justice, so as to better safeguard the common interests of China, Iran and other developing countries. China thanks Iran for supporting China on issues concerning China's core interests and will, as always, support Iran in safeguarding state sovereignty and national dignity, choosing a political system and development path that suits its national conditions, and defending its legitimate rights and interests.
Zarif thanked China for providing vaccines and anti-pandemic materials for Iran and supporting its fight against the virus. He said that Iran hopes to continue to strengthen cooperation with China in fighting the pandemic. The Iranian side attaches great importance to Iran-China relations and believes that bilateral relations will be further deepened after the new Iranian administration is inaugurated.
The two sides also exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan and other issues.