Tehran, Islamabad discuss ways to boost bilateral trade
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.”