Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif one of the countries involved in the Belt & Road Initiative. They met in Tengchong, Southwest China’s Yunnan Province on Saturday to discuss relations between China and Iran and international issues of common concern.

During the talks, Wang said the world today is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century and is faced with a series of new threats and challenges.

It is more important than ever for the international community to uphold multilateralism, safeguard fairness and justice, and promote openness and cooperation, Wang said.

He said China and Iran are comprehensive strategic partners and that China is ready to step up communication with Iran, make bilateral cooperation in fields including the fight against COVID-19, and work with other countries to jointly defend multilateralism and oppose unilateral bullying, so as to uphold international fairness and justice and the common interests of developing countries.

Wang said China will continue to promote the implementation of the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue and U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231.

Speaking on the same occasion, Zarif said that China is becoming a major global force and is playing a very important role in the transformation of the world structure.

Iran appreciates China’s announcement that it will help developing countries have access to vaccines against COVID-19, and welcomes China’s initiative to build a multilateral dialogue platform for the Gulf region, the minister added.

The two sides also exchanged views in an in-depth way on international and regional issues of common concern.