Is­lam­abad to con­tinue do­ing busi­ness with Tehran

Iran Daily - - National -

Pak­istani For­eign Min­istry said on Thurs­day trade ties with Iran will not be af­fected by the US sanc­tions, in yet an­other com­ment echo­ing Is­lam­abad’s readi­ness to ex­pand re­la­tions with its neigh­bors un­der Im­ran Khan.

In a weekly presser, For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Mo­ham­mad Faisal said his coun­try is against the uni­lat­eral US sanc­tions, adding that Is­lam­abad will con­tinue do­ing busi­ness with Iran.

“The Pak­istani govern­ment, in line with its own in­ter­ests, is study­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pand eco­nomic re­la­tions with the Is­lamic Repub­lic,” he said.

“Pak­istan op­poses any eco­nomic sanc­tions im­posed by world pow­ers against other na­tions in a bul­ly­ing way,” Faisal said, adding “We be­lieve that such mea­sures not only neg­a­tively will im­pact the peo­ple’s life but will (af­fect) the whole re­gion’s de­vel­op­ment.”

Pak­istani Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan has re­peat­edly said that his coun­try seeks to have good re­la­tions with its neigh­bors, es­pe­cially Iran.

Faisal again re­buked the US for its uni­lat­eral with­drawal from the 2015 Iran nu­clear deal, of­fi­cially known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA).

“The US uni­lat­eral with­drawal from JCPOA de­spite Iran ad­her­ence to the agree­ment is re­gret­table,” he noted.

The spokesper­son added the JCPOA rep­re­sents a good ex­am­ple of ne­go­ti­ated set­tle­ment of a com­plex is­sue through di­a­logue and diplo­macy.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump pulled the United States out of the nu­clear deal and im­posed sanc­tions on Iran.

He plans to rein­tro­duce more dam­ag­ing sanc­tions on Ira­nian oil in Novem­ber and wants as many coun­tries as pos­si­ble to cut their im­ports of Ira­nian oil to zero.

De­spite his ef­forts, many coun­tries have ex­pressed their readi­ness to con­tinue deal­ing with Tehran, with Euro­pean Union propos­ing a spe­cial pay­ments mech­a­nism that would keep the bloc trade with Iran even af­ter the US sanc­tions come into force.

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