An Iranian envoy proposed an alliance of 5 countries – Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Russia and China – to strengthen cooperation and resolve problems in the region.
“Countries like Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Russia and China have the potential to form a new alliance for a better future for the region,” said Iranian ambassador to Pakistan Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini at a conference at the Institute for Strategic Studies in Islamabad (ISSI) on Tuesday.
Given the cooperation between major countries in the region, said Hosseini, the Organization for Economic Cooperation (ECO) – an intergovernmental political and economic organization of Iran, Pakistan and Turkey – can play its role in economic development.
“The CEE offers an appropriate opportunity for Iran and Pakistan to coordinate their policies according to economic growth and to make the necessary ground to facilitate economic activities and encourage investment and trade and remove obstacles to transit between both countries, “he added.
The Iranian envoy said that Pakistan, as an Islamic country and a neighbor, has a special place in Iran’s foreign policy.
“Iran and Pakistan participated in most of the OIC activities [Organization of Islamic Cooperation] conferences. Unfortunately, due to the role of certain countries, this organization has failed to solve the problems of the Islamic Ummah and to take a position in favor of the Islamic cause, “he said, without naming the countries.
Hosseini also called for strengthening cooperation among developing Muslim countries to create a common Islamic market and an alliance of 5 countries.
“Group D-8 of developing Islamic countries; that is, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Malaysia, Egypt and Nigeria are a regional forum to strengthen strong economic ties between developing Islamic countries “, did he declare.
Speaking of the Pakistani ports of Gwadar and the Iranian ports of Chabahar, the ambassador said that the two ports complement each other.
“The establishment of a rail network between Gwadar and Chabahar and its link with Europe and Central Asia via Iran, will mark the start of major economic development in the region. On the other hand, the construction of a railway on Pakistani territory to China, connecting the two ports will lead to the economic development of this region, “concluded Hosseini.