Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing on February 14, 2023InternationalIndiaAfricaBEIJING (Sputnik) – Chinese President Xi Jinping and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Tuesday jointly spoke out against foreign interference in the domestic affairs of other states and vowed to support efforts to protect the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of the two countries. “Both Iran and China are strongly against the policy of unilateral actions, hegemony and bullying as well as foreign interference in domestic affairs,” Raisi said following the meeting. Xi, in turn, said that Beijing was ready to develop its cooperation with Tehran on a number of issues of mutual interest. “China supports Iran in its effort to protect state sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national dignity. It supports Iran in confronting the policy of unilateral actions and intimidation. China is also against interference of foreign powers in Iran’s domestic affairs,” Xi stated. During the meeting, the Iranian leader thanked China for its help to Tehran during the COVID-19 pandemic and support in the international arena on issues such as the negotiations on the renewal of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program.WorldIran, China Ink 20 Deals on Bilateral Cooperation in Various Fields, Reports Say14 February, 13:14 GMTRaisi arrived in Beijing earlier in the day at the official invitation of the Chinese leader. This is the first top-level Iran-China meeting in 20 years. One of the goals of Raisi’s visit was to discuss the implementation of a comprehensive strategic partnership between Tehran and Beijing.