Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:53PM
Iran has held the 3rd International Silk Road Conference at the Iranian city, Tabriz, in an attempt to extend friendship among the countries located along the ancient route. Many traders, economic advisers, ambassadors and ministers from 18 countries around the Silk Road (Silk Route) attended the opening ceremony held in the center of Iranian province of East Azerbaijan on June 23, 2012. “The main objective of the conference is to revitalize Silk Road as the road plays a significant role in economic, culture and communication among nations,” said Director of Iran's Trade Promotion Organization Hamid Safdel. The countries lying along the Silk Road could promote their cooperation and trade affairs by lowering tariffs on trade and eliminating non-tariff, he added. The participants were programmed to visit Iran's handicraft exhibition as well as the Aras free trade industrial zone on the sideline of the 2-day conference. The Silk Road is a historical network of interlinking trade routes across the Afro-Eurasian landmass that helped the transport of art, goods and poetry from the edge of Asia to the heart of Europe, back and forth, for nearly 3000 years. Many of its sites are on the UNESCO Heritage list. True to its name, merchants sold Asian silk in Italy. Buddhism, Zoroastrianism and then Islam spread through much of Central Asia along the Route. Persian Art also spread to India, China as well as the Central European states through this road. It has taken decades to write complete books on the Silk Road. FGP/PKH