Tehran, Islamabad dis­cuss ways to boost bi­lat­eral trade

Iran Daily - - Domestic Economy -

Pak­istan and Iran ex­changed views on ways to fur­ther in­crease trade be­tween the two coun­tries with Tehran voic­ing its readi­ness to help de­velop China-pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor.

In a meet­ing be­tween Iran’s Am­bas­sador Mehdi Honar­doost and a se­nior ad­vi­sor to Pak­istan’s Prime Min­is­ter for Com­merce, In­dus­try and In­vest­ment Ab­dul Razak Da­wood, the two sides dis­cussed ways to ex­pand trade be­tween Iran and Pak­istan to hit the tar­get of $5 bil­lion, re­ported Fars News Agency.

Honar­doost hoped that the two sides would con­tinue and in­crease re­la­tions be­tween pri­vate sec­tors in par­tic­u­lar and the cham­bers of com­merce of the two coun­tries.

He ex­pected Pak­istan to in­ten­sify its ef­forts to im­ple­ment the agree­ment to jointly open border cross­ings of Pishin, Mand and Rim­dan with the aim of de­vel­op­ing trade by fa­cil­i­tat­ing border trans­ac­tions to the ben­e­fit of the res­i­dents on the two sides of the com­mon bor­ders.

He ex­pressed Iran’s readi­ness to con­trib­ute to the China-pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor and help Pak­istan to ac­cess Cen­tral Asian mar­kets with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Ira­nian com­pa­nies in re­con­struct­ing the roads and rail­ways be­tween the two coun­tries. The two sides also dis­cussed the 21st ses­sion of the Joint Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion and the eighth meet­ing of eco­nomic min­is­ters.

Ear­lier in mid-novem­ber, Pak­istan’s Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan or­dered the coun­try’s of­fi­cials to dou­ble ef­forts to fur­ther broaden re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion with Iran in de­fi­ance of the US at­tempts to pres­sure Tehran.

“Iran is a friendly and neigh­bor­ing state and we have ageold re­la­tions with the coun­try,” Im­ran Khan said in Islamabad. “We want to ex­pand ties with Iran,” he added. “Sanc­tions will have no im­pact on Iran’s trade with other coun­tries and can­not hin­der its progress,” Pres­i­dent of Iran­pak­istan Fed­er­a­tion of Cul­ture and Trade Khawaja Habib-ur Rah­man said in Novem­ber.

He un­der­lined the reim­po­si­tion of the US sanc­tions against the Is­lamic Repub­lic as an un­jus­ti­fied move, and said, “Eco­nomic con­di­tions in Iran are far bet­ter than that in the past and the new round of the US sanc­tions on Iran can­not hin­der its progress.”

IRNA

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