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China and Iran address escalation in Middle East and bilateral ties

Beijing, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, discussed Iran's response against Israel and the willingness not to escalate the conflict.

During the telephone dialogue, Wang Yi said that China took note of Iran’s statements describing its actions as limited and self-defense, and welcomed Iran’s emphasis on not attacking regional countries and its willingness to continue a policy of good neighborhood.

China strongly condemned the attack on the Iranian embassy in Syria, believing that this unacceptable incident seriously violated international law. Furthermore, he expressed his confidence in Iran and its ability to handle the situation appropriately, protect its sovereignty and dignity, and avoid further escalation.

Wang Yi reiterated that the current situation is the result of the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, which is why the priority is to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2728 as soon as possible, achieve a ceasefire, and stop the conflict.

The minister also expressed China’s willingness to maintain communication with Tehran and work together to achieve a comprehensive, just, and lasting solution to the question of Palestine.

During the conversation, Hossein Amir Abdollahian presented Iran’s position on the attack on the Iranian embassy in Syria, stating that the UN Security Council did not respond adequately and that Iran has the right to defend itself against the violation of its sovereignty. “Given the sensitivity of the situation in the region, Iran is willing to remain calm and has no intention of escalating the situation,” the official said.

The Iranian minister recently claimed that the Armed Forces carried out a coordinated operation against Israeli military targets in a limited operation to punish Israel. In this regard, he stated that Iran’s legitimate, firm and natural response took into account the region’s security, as informed to neighboring nations and others in the area.