Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on July 4, 2018
On July 6, Federica Maria Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will convene the Foreign Ministers’meeting on the Iranian nuclear issue in Vienna, Austria. French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will attend the meeting. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the meeting as the representative of the Chinese side. At the invitation of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay a visit to Austria on July 5.
Q: Just now you announced that State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the Foreign Ministers’ meeting on the Iranian nuclear issue and pay a visit to Austria. What is your expectation for this?
A: This meeting is the first Foreign Ministers’ meeting of the existing signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) under the new circumstances. China always believes that the JCPOA is an important outcome of multilateralism and it plays an important role in upholding the international non-proliferation regime and maintaining the peace and stability in the Middle East and serves the common interests of the international community. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s attendance at the meeting demonstrates China’s clear-cut position on upholding the JCPOA. We hope that this meeting can send out the clear signal of solidarity and pool the confidence and support of the international community. China is willing to conduct close communication with other attending parties to jointly ensure the success of the meeting.
Currently, China-Austria ties enjoy a sound momentum of growth. In April this year, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen led a high-level delegation to pay a successful state visit to China and attend the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018. The leaders of our two countries decided to establish the China-Austria friendly strategic partnership, which added new dimension and substance to our bilateral ties. China stands ready to work with Austria to follow through on the important consensus reached by our leaders, deepen our mutually beneficial cooperation in various areas so as to deliver greater benefits to our two countries and two peoples. During State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Austria, he will meet with the Austrian leaders and hold talks with Foreign Minister Kneissl, exchange views on bilateral ties and major international issues of mutual interest.