July 29, 2022 13:08 GMT
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State-run Xinhua carrying comments from President Xi Jinping. States that Xi and his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi held a phone call on 29 July.
- Xi states that China is willing to 'strengthen co-operations' with Iran.
- Xi says that China supports the independent development paths of countries in the Middle East.
- Xi: China and Iran should continue to firmly support each other on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns. Should strengthen communication and coordination in regional and international affairs.
- Xinhua: Iran's Raisi says unswervingly deepening comprehensive strategic partnership with China is priority and focus of Iran's foreign policy:
Coming just a day after a lengthy call with US President Joe Biden, Xi's comments tie into a growing theme of US adversaries/challengers such as China, Russia, and Iran developing closer links economically and politically.