Removal of Iran sanctions at the interest of all sides: China special envoy

Tehran, Sept 23, IRNA – Removal of Iran’s sanctions is at the interest of all sides including China, Head of China’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission Zhang Yi said on Wednesday.

Speaking in a press conference at the embassy of China in Tehran, Zhang who is in Iran as Beijing’s special envoy, underlined that both Iranian and Chinese governments and nations are keen to enhance bilateral ties.

Describing China-Iran relation as strategic, he said that the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers can prepare the ground for expansion of Tehran ties with the world countries including China.

Referring to the 51-billion-dollar trade exchange between Iran and China in 2014, Zhang said that Beijing has been Iran’s biggest partner for six years respectively.

He underlined that China seeks to have a win-win relation with Iran, adding that the two countries’ economies are complementary to each other.

China is ready to help Iranian companies enhance technology and there are good potentials for expansion of cooperation between the two countries’ private sectors particularly in the field of energy and infrastructure, the official said.

Praising Iran’s rich culture, its giant natural resources and great history, China government’s special envoy said that establishment of peace and stability in the Middle East is not possible without constructive role of Iran.

He said that Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has helped removal of obstacles on the way of expansion of bilateral ties between Tehran and Beijing.

Referring to the fact that Iran is major oil and gas producer, Zhang said that government would encourage Chinese companies to invest in Iran’s investment opportunities particularly in exploration of new oil and gas fields.

Chinese companies are not only advanced but also they are cheaper compared to their western rivals, Zhang added.

China continued economic ties with Iran during sanctions era and its relations with Iran will enter a new phase in the post-sanctions period, he noted.

Head of China’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission referred to the China’s ‘One Belt, One Road Initiative’ and said that in the framework of this regional development strategy, Tehran and Beijing will become connected and more progressed.

One Belt, One Road Initiative is a development strategy and framework, proposed by People’s Republic of China that focuses on connectivity and cooperation among countries primarily in Eurasia, which consists of two main components, the land-based ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ (SREB) and oceangoing ‘Maritime Silk Road’ (MSR).

China special envoy accompanying with a high ranking delegation departed Beijing for Tehran for a three day official visit on Monday.
He has already discussed mutual relations with Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayebnia and First Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri.