TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a message to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping congratulated him on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of founding the People’s Republic of China.

In his congratulation message, President Rouhani pointed to the opportunities created after Xi Jinping’s January 2016 visit to Iran, and expressed the hope that the two countries would witness further expansion of bilateral relations in all areas.

Rouhani also wished for prosperity and wellbeing of Chinese leadership and nation.

During Chinese president’s visit to Tehran, high-ranking officials from the two countries signed 17 cooperation agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) as part of efforts to boost bilateral relations in diverse political and economic fields.

The MoUs are aimed at promoting cooperation between the two countries in various spheres, ranging from peaceful nuclear energy, industry, science and technology to environmental protection, mutual legal assistance and customs services.

One of the deals focused on development of the Silk Road Economic Belt and construction of a similar route at sea to boost economic cooperation between Tehran and Beijing.

The Silk Road or Silk Route is an ancient network of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East by merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads, and urban dwellers from China and India to the Mediterranean Sea during various periods of time.

Since the decline of the Road in the Middle Ages, attempts have been made to restore and revive the economic route, but it has yet to return to its prosperous era in the past.

In the most recent move, the Chinese president developed and launched an initiative for building Silk Road Economic Belt and marine Silk Road in an attempt to revive the historical path.