Thursday, August 25, 2016

‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ Forum Opens in Tehran

Financial Tribune - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

A forum titled “Silk Road Economic Belt” opened in Tehran on Tuesday with focus on friendly exchanges and cooperation between China and the Islamic Republic, Chinese state-owned news agency China News Service reported on its official English language website on Wednesday.  “China and Iran are countries with great civilization, and the long history of friendly exchanges between them has laid a solid foundation for the Silk Road Economic Belt initiative,” He Xingliang, counselor of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, said at the forum held in Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Center.  “There is a great potential and broad prospect for bilateral cooperation, especially in the fields of resources and technology,” the Chinese official added.  For his part, Head of Iran-China Friendship Association Ahmad Mohammadi hailed the role of China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative in the interaction between the two sides. He said the interaction s has long existed, but has taken new dimensions with the initiative.  “The proposal has been well received in Iran, and the Islamic Republic is preparing to accept the proposal,” Mohammadi said.