China, Iran reiterate support for international law in FM phone call
Updated 22:55, 24-Jun-2020
By Liu Yacan

Senior diplomats from China and Iran held a virtual meeting on Wednesday in which both sides vowed to uphold international law.

This follows the signing of a joint communique by Russia and Iran to promote international law. 

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for continued efforts to defend multilateralism and the authority of the United Nations. 

His Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, talked about the importance of bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields. Both sides also exchanged gratitude for their countries' mutual support in the fight against COVID-19.

Wang said: "The Iranian government and people have given China their understanding and support. When the pandemic hit Iran, we provided medical supplies in a timely manner and sent a medical expert team to share their knowledge and experience. We are willing to maintain good relations with Iran, and I believe it is a relationship that can be tested by any international conditions."

The Chinese diplomat vowed to restart the close people-to-people programs that have been affected by the pandemic.

He also denounced the unilateralism and protectionism that certain countries have practiced during the global crisis. Playing the blame game only damages one's own interests and obstructs cooperation within the international community, Wang said.

Zarif said China has always stood with Iran in the fight against the pandemic, adding that Iranian scientists have been working hard to find solutions. He also said Iran welcomes and hopes to cooperate in China's Health Silk Road initiative.