Iranian, Chinese cities sign sisterhood agreement
The mayors of Iran’s Northern city of Gorgan and Southern Chinese city of Guangzhou signed a sisterhood agreement to broaden cooperation in various areas, including urban management and development.
The MoU was signed by Mayor of Gorgan Abdolreza Dadboud and Mayor of Guangzhou Wen Guohui in a meeting held in Guangzhou on Saturday.
As per the agreement, the two cities will explore the avenues for expanding cooperation in cultural, educational, economic and business fields as well as sports and sharing experience in urban governance.
According to Dadboud, the MoU aims at helping the cities to cooperate and achieve top results in an inclusive and innovative way.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, the Gorgan mayor is visiting Guangzhou to attend the “2018 Global Mayors' Forum” which kicked off on Friday.
More than 700 guests and representatives from 105 cities and local governments in 39 countries attended the opening ceremony.
The forum focuses on pressing topics. Among them are open and inclusive innovations in urban governance, the use of blockchain for metropolitan and urban management, urban development in bay areas, the Belt and Road Initiative and urban construction, cultural inheritance and innovation for future cities, as well as urban transportation.
Iran and China are enjoying strong bilateral relations, and earlier in September, the two countries launched a 9,000-kilometer-long railway within the framework of new Silk Road Program between the two countries.
The new Iran-China railway used by cargo and service trains connects China's Inner Mongolia to the city of Bam in Southeastern Iran.
During the opening ceremony of the new railway, a cargo train moved from Inner Mongolia logistic and industrial town to the city of Bam. It is estimated to arrive in Bam in 15 days.
The train consists of 41 containers carrying equipment, machineries and car spare parts. The consignment is worth $1.5 million.
In another development, a cargo train left the city of Bayannur in Western Inner Mongolia for the Iranian capital city of Tehran.
The two railways are part of a larger rail network which is to connect China to the Europe via Iran.