Iran’s Consul General in Shanghai Ramezan Parvaz, in a meeting with Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) Modarress Khiyabani, urged the IRISL to have a bigger share in resurrecting the ancient maritime “Silk Road”.

During the Sunday meeting Khiyabani, Parvaz pointed to the significance of Shanghai port as the most important and largest trade port in the world and added, “IRISL can play an outstanding and leading role in the revival of the maritime Silk Road between Iran and China.”

He pointed to high capacities and capabilities of cooperation between Iran and China within the framework of “One Belt One Road (OBOR) and added, “Extraordinary and special attention of Chinese Government to this plan has provided suitable ways for strengthening bilateral cooperation and collaboration.”

For his part, in this meeting, Khiyabani expounded on the programs and planning made for facilitating bulky and containerised transport and placed special emphasis on clarifying practical strategies for the removal of problems facing traders and merchants.”

At the end of this meeting, merchants and members attending the session exchanged their views on the way of cooperation and more interaction with the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to remove obstacles.

In May, Iranian Ambassador to Beijing Mohammad Keshavarzzadeh said that his country as an inheritor of a big civilisation and culture welcomes China’s OBOR initiative as Tehran holds that it can further contribute to global peace and security within the framework of the OBOR initiative.

Addressing the conference themed “Silk Road and Creating Joint Future with Asian Prospects” on May 19 in Beijing, Keshavarzzadeh reiterated that Iran is the inheritor of a big and historic civilisation and it has welcomed the Belt & Road Initiative within the framework of its peace-loving policies to contribute to international peace and security.

The Iranian diplomat said that challenges faced by humanity have transcended national borders and created conditions which cannot be overcome simply with reliance on national strength.

“Therefore collective efforts are the only solution to do away with the global challenges.” Keshavarzzadeh

“All of us are inheritors of history and experience of collective life and merely looking at the honourable past cannot meet our needs in the contemporary world; rather, we should learn from the past,” he went on saying.

Joint human civilisation is the outcome of continued exchanges and interaction among numerous groups of humanity which has emerged from dialogue and understanding in spiritual and material interactions, he said.

Describing “Belt & Road” plans as an initiative reminiscent of the ancient Silk Road, Keshavarzzadeh added that the idea is based on peace, cooperation education and mutual benefit.

The ancient Silk Road met the economic and social needs of the nations and established dialogue and understanding among the nations and continued fairly to promote peace and trade among the peoples, the envoy said.

Iran considers Belt & Road Initiative as an area which enjoys distinguished capacities for building joint human civilisation, he said.

Iran’s initiative of dialogue among civilisations and China fore running in Belt & Road plan will greatly contribute to interaction among the nations, the Iranian ambassador added.

On May 17, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was visiting Beijing in a regional tour, and referred to the One Belt, One Road Initiative and thanked Iran for its active presence in the plan.

China is keen on further cooperation and deepening relations with Iran, Wang said.