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Iran, Pakistan committed to enhance trade volume to over $5 billion: Envoy

Islamabad, IRNA – Iran's Ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Tehran and Islamabad are committed to enhance the existing trade volume of $1.4 billion to over $5 billion in the next couple of years.

Hosseini made the remarks in an interview with Radio Pakistan's Current Affairs program Diplomatic Session hosted by renowned journalist and columnist Javed Siddiq on Saturday.

He said currently one border crossing at Taftan border is operational for trade while new border crossings are being established at Iran-Pakistan border in Pashin and Rimdan.

The Iranian Ambassador said both countries are working to establish six joint border markets and priority work is focused on three markets.

He said Pakistan and Iran have commonalities in all aspects, particularly religion, history and culture and frequent high level visits have increased cooperation in all sectors for mutual benefit and development.

The Iranian envoy expressed full confidence that both countries have the potential to increase trade and economic cooperation besides security collaboration.

Iran, Pakistan committed to enhance trade volume to over $5 billion: Envoy

He said fencing of over 900 kilometers long border will prevent the miscreants and smuggling of goods.

Ambassador Hosseini said Tehran is extending full cooperation to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding its peaceful nuclear program and is fully committed to international obligations.

On Afghanistan, the Iranian ambassador said the OIC Foreign Ministers’ recent meeting in Islamabad was a good initiative of Pakistan in highlighting the humanitarian issue in the war-torn Afghanistan and currently over 5,000 refugees are daily entering Iran.

He further said European countries should extend help to avert the catastrophe in Afghanistan.

The ambassador said Iran is fully committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan as the instability in Kabul will directly affect all regional countries particularly Pakistan and Iran.

He said Pakistan and Iran have regular consultation and interaction for the security on the common border and in the region and institutional level mechanism exists to prevent miscreants.

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