China welcomes enhanced cooperation with Iran on CPEC

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BEIJING:Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong in an interview with Iran'sIRNA news agency on Monday said China anticipates enhancing cooperation with Iran on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

China looks forward to increased regional cooperation by means of the CPEC, Weidong said, adding that it would be a win-win venture.

"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," he said. "CPEC is a win-win cooperation so we are looking forward to explore the possibilities of cooperation among the all the regional countries."

The possibility of extending an energy line from Iran to China in the future can be 'explored', Weidong said during the interview.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly had expressed a desire to be part of CPEC.

Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal in October said that Iran and Saudi Arabia's desire to join CPEC was a good step and Pakistan would welcome their involvement in the $46 billion project.

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