ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong on Monday said Iran’s inclusion in the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be beneficial for both Tehran and Islamabad.
In an interview with the Iranian news agency, the Chinese ambassador said his country was looking forward to enhancing its cooperation with Iran through the CPEC.Iran had shown willingness to become a part of the CPEC in a meeting between President Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New York on the sidelines of the latest session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Rouhani said Iran considered Pakistan’s economic development as its own development.“We think Iran can also be a very important country along the Belt and the Road initiative, so we really look forward to enhancing our cooperation with Iran,” Sun Weidong said.
“CPEC is a win-win cooperation, so we are looking forward to exploring the possibilities of cooperation among the all the regional countries,” he said.To a question that CPEC could be an energy line from Iran to China in the future, Weidong said, “We can explore such a possibility.”
He said Beijing respected the desire of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to join the CPEC.He said there were many projects under the CPEC framework which were being implemented or were under construction in Pakistan. “There are 16 major projects that are under construction and the Chinese side has already invested more than $13 billion,” he added.