Regional Countries Welcomed to Become Part of CPEC: Ahsan Iqbal
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has welcomed the desire of regional countries to be part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He referred to the interest shown by Afghanistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia in the grand enterprise, and expressed the hope that this would further boost regional connectivity and cooperation. The minister reiterated that the project was in the interest of the entire region. He clarified that CPEC was not only limited to China and Pakistan but aimed at bolstering trade and economic cooperation in the whole region. Talking about the concerns of smaller provinces regarding the allocation of projects under CPEC, Ahsan maintained that CPEC was the most debated project in the parliament and all concerns raised by the parliamentarians had been addressed. “There is no secret about it,” he reiterated.
Earlier Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal expressed keen interest in becoming part of the CPEC, also assuring strong support for the multi-billion project. Moreover, Authorities from other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey had also time and again showed keen interest in becoming a part of CPEC.