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China looking forward to cooperation with Iran through CPEC

China looking forward to cooperation with Iran through CPEC

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong on Monday said China is looking forward to enhancing cooperation with Iran through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

“CPEC is a win-win cooperation so we are looking forward to explore the possibilities of cooperation with all regional countries,” the ambassador said in an exclusive interview with an Iranian news Agency. Adding that China and Iran share good relations, Weidong said, “We think that Iran can also be a very important country along the Belt and the Road initiative, so we really look forward to enhance our cooperation with Iran.”

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Upon being asked whether an energy line could be extended from Iran to China, under the CPEC, Weidong said such a possibility could be ‘explored’.

“There are 16 major projects that are under construction and the Chinese side has already invested more than $13 billion,” he said during the interview, adding that CPEC has numerous job opportunities for Pakistanis.

Last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed his desire to be a part of CPEC during his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of 71th UNGA session.

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The Iranian president lauded Islamabad’s vision for translating CPEC into reality and pointed out that connectivity projects were recognised by both countries as vital to the progress of the region. “The two leaders reiterated the complementarity between Gwadar and Chabahar sea ports that could boost regional trade exponentially in the decades ahead,” said a press release of the Pakistan Mission to the UN.

This article originally appeared on IRNA.

Courtesy : Express Tribune



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