The chairman of the Asia-Pacific region of International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) says the alliance is seeking to stand by Iran amid the unilateral sanctions imposed on the county and do whatever in its power to facilitate Iran's trade ties with the outside world. Li Chunsheng, the chairman of the Asia-Pacific region of International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), addresses the 13th ICA Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly in Tehran in late November 2018. / Photo by ILNA
"At present, we are exploring ways to expand mutual trade, commercial and agricultural relations with Iran," Li Chunsheng said in an interview with ILNA.
According to Chunsheng, the ICA Asia-Pacific is seeking to stand by Iran during the unilateral sanctions imposed by its enemies.
"We will withhold no efforts to help Iran keep its trade ties with the outside world amid the sanctions," he vowed.
Back in November, the US re-imposed the "toughest" sanctions ever against Iran with the goal of curtailing the Islamic Republic's oil exports and putting extra pressure on the country's economy.
The sanctions came after Washington unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, a multinational accord achieved after marathon talks between Iran and world powers in 2015.
Chunsheng further noted that Iran is a strong country in the Asia and Pacific region and plays a key role in relations between the two continents.
"If Iran keeps moving ahead with the same strength, it can also play a leading role in the expansion of cooperation between ICA members and other states in the world," he added.
He went on to say that the cooperation could be established through workshops in Iran. "It's a good starting point. We can expand our mechanisms through joint projects and efforts."
The Chinese official then referred to the mutual cooperation between Iran and China and said the two states can exchange experiences and establish good mutual relations through expansion of their cooperation.
He also expressed hope that the Islamic Republic and the ICA Asia-Pacific could raise the level of their cooperation by holding constructive meetings.