China to Meet Gulf, Iran, Turkey Envoys This Week

- 12 January 2022 21:17 WIB
Discussions in Vienna on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal were also underway. (Unsplash/Nick Fewing)
Discussions in Vienna on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal were also underway. (Unsplash/Nick Fewing)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - China's foreign ministry revealed that the Gulf, Iran and Turkey are sending their foreign ministers separately to China this week for talks while discussions in Vienna on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal were underway.

Turkey's foreign minister was set to visit on Wednesday tailed by Iran's foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Friday.

Iran's foreign ministry previously said on Monday that Amirabdollahian will discuss a 25-year cooperation agreement signed by the two countries. China has been a reliable partner for Iran's economy after the withdrawal of the United States in 2018 from a nuclear agreement.

"China and Iran resolutely support each other on the core issues," said Wang Wenbin, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, in a press conference on Tuesday, as quoted by Reuters.

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council were visiting China between Monday and Friday.

Although not part of the Vienna talks, Gulf countries such as Saudi have expressed concern about Iran's nuclear ambitions. It was responded by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as he met the Bahraini and Saudi ministers on Monday and Tuesday.

Wang Yi told Prince Faisal bin Farhan the "just and reasonable concerns" of countries in the region should also be considered while safeguarding the global non-proliferation system.

The Chinese further expressed its intention to cooperate with Riyadh on new energy, e-commerce, law enforcement, and archaeological projects - including the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and the Sino-Saudi Joint Committee.

World Bank places China as Saudi Arabia’s biggest trading partner with Sino-Saudi trade was valued at just under $73 billion in 2019 by the Atlantic Council.

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Editor: Mukhtar Wijaya

Source: Reuters, Al Arabiya

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