Beijing Ready for Constructive Role in P5+1 Talks

Beijing Ready for Constructive Role in P5+1 TalksBeijing Ready for Constructive Role in P5+1 Talks

The Chinese foreign minister has expressed his country's readiness to play a constructive role in the talks between Iran and the major powers on Tehran's nuclear program.

Wang Yi made the remarks in a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, in which the two officials exchanged opinions on Iran's nuclear issue, IRNA reported on Monday citing a Chinese radio program.

"China is prepared to play its constructive part to help the two sides maintain close interactions and push the talks ahead."

The Chinese foreign minister also said the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany) have entered a "critical phase" and praised the efforts made by Iran to help the negotiations bear fruitful results.

Wang also expressed his country's pleasure at the efforts being made by the two sides to reach a satisfactory agreement. The Chinese official noted, "The negotiations meant to find a solution to Iran's nuclear issue have entered a critical stage and the two sides should be committed to reach a common understanding."

He went on to say that the negotiating parties should show flexibility in the negotiating process and make efforts to clinch a "comprehensive" and "fair" deal. Zarif, for his part, elaborated on Iran's views on the issue and praised the stance taken by China on the talks and the role Beijing has played to help advance the negotiating process.