TEHRAN (Dispatches) - Iranian Consul General in Shanghai Ramezan Parvaz said on Friday that Iran is major part of Silk Road which helps boost Iranian trade, cultural and economic ties with China.
Speaking in a meeting on Belt and Road Initiative members, Parvaz highlighted the strategic and international importance of the Silk Road.
Thanks to its strategic position in West Asia, its rich civilization and its longstanding relations with China, Iran plays major role in the framework of Belt and Road Initiative, he noted.
The event was organized by Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association and on the sidelines of China International Import Expo.
Some 28 Iranian knowledge-based companies and businessmen in carpet, artifact, dried fruit and cultural field attended the event.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and large number of Chinese analysts believe that Iran’s role in the new Silk Road is special, effective and important.
China’s Jinping introduced the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, a plan to link China with Asia, Africa and Europe via a network of ports, railways and roads in 2013.
Iran, enjoying appropriate capacities to transfer energy to South and East Asia through its maritime routes, can be an important gateway for great eastern economic partners like India and China.
The Silk Road project is not a political plan, but a move to develop cooperation among countries and establish peace and security.
China Int’l Import Expo Great For Economic Cooperation
Ramezan Parvaz also said that the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) is a hub for cooperation of regional economy with the global economy and cooperation of the rich and the poor countries.
Parvaz said, "Since 2018, Iran has participated in all three CIIEs. We actively participated in 2019 at three levels: the national pavilion level, with our minister of commerce and industry leading a big delegation; the private enterprises level with 15 Iranian companies and the culture and tourism sector.”
He said, "Actually, we got prepared for participation this year more than last year, as we had reserved about 500 square meters for our companies to exercise presence. Because of COVID-19 we couldn’t go ahead as we wanted.”