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China and the European Union (EU) Agree to Continue Safeguarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian Nuclear Issue


On August 1, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in Bangkok, Thailand.

Wang Yi noted, the Chinese side is pleased to see the smooth change of the new leadership of the EU institutions and expects the EU to achieve greater achievements in promoting integration and addressing challenges. The Chinese side will maintain the stability and continuity of its policies towards the EU and provide continuous support in the European integration process, for the unity and growth of the EU, and Europe's more important role in international affairs. China also hopes that the new EU institutions will maintain the continuity and vision of their policies towards China. The Chinese side is willing to work with the EU side to actively implement the outcomes of meetings between the Chinese and EU leaders, follow the general direction of China-EU relations, continue to enhance communication and cooperation, push forward the democratization of international relations and multi-polarization of the world, and safeguard multilateralism and free trade, in a bid to jointly push for greater development of China-EU relations in the new era.

Federica Mogherini said, the EU-China partnership has made positive progress this year and the meetings between the leaders of the two sides have been very successful. The new EU leadership will always attache importance to relations with China, and deepen cooperation with China and implement with the Chinese side the consensus reached at the leaders' meetings , and expand EU-China connectivity to advance the healthy and stable development of EU-China relations.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues including the Iranian nuclear issue and the Afghan issue. On the Iranian nuclear issue, both sides agreed to continue safeguarding the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear issue, maintain multilateralism with the United Nations as its core, and oppose the maximum pressure. Both sides called on all parties to exercise restraint and prevent the escalation of the situation.

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