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Trade with Pakistan to be taken to new heights soon: Iran envoy

IslamabadConsul General of Iran in Pakistan's south western city of Quetta Mohammad Rafiei has said that Iran-Pakistan trade volume will soon be enhanced to $5 billion yearly from the current $1.5 billion.

He said this during a ceremony to mark the 39th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran at the Quetta Press Club.

Both counties have time-tested prolonged brotherly ties, the consul general said. He went on to say that Pakistan was the first country to officially recognize and welcome the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai and other officials were also present on the occasion.

Both nations have traditional, religious and business ties since decades, Rafiei said, adding that officially it has been decided to increase Pak-Iran trade volume to $5 billion from the current $1.5 billion.

Pakistan and Iran have strategic importance in the region as they have over 1,000km land and sea borders, he added.

On Pak-Iran trade via Balochistan, the consul general said, Balochistan is a gateway for trade between both the countries. Pak-Iran Joint Chamber of Commerce is paving ways for business opportunities to take shape.

He said the previous Pak-Iran joint border trade session was held in Zahedan and the 21st Border Commission session was held in Gwadar where both the countries had signed numerous trade deals.

The joint trade venture is bringing the masses of both the countries closer, Rafiei added.

He said that Pakistani and Iranian forces are taking joint measures to prevent terrorist attacks in order to bring peace and instability in the region.

He also urged the neighbouring countries to play an active role for bringing peace in the region.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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