Pakistan and Iran to expand trade ties as Qureshi meets Iranian President, FM

Pakistan and Iran to expand trade ties as Qureshi meets Iranian President, FM

The two sides also signed an agreement to build six border markets

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with the Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani in Tehran along with a number of other dignitaries. The two leaders discussed the shared traits of the two nations, rooted in shared history, culture, faith, and language. He also lauded Iran for its consistent stance on Kashmir at the international forums.

The foreign minister also conveyed warm greetings on behalf of the entire Pakistani leadership. Prime Minister Imran Khan has a vision to boost ties with Iran and increase exchanges in various fields including building an international border crossing point at Mand-Pishin would facilitate pedestrian movement and enhance bilateral trade.

MoU inked for border market places

The two sides inked an MoU for making six market places along with the shared border. The markets will be established at the border touching the Balochistan province of Pakistan and the Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan. The idea for these markets was floated by Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan during a meeting with Iran’s President Rouhani during a 2019 meeting.

Qureshi called on Iran’s Speaker

The foreign minister also met with the speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Muhammad Bagher Ghalibaf. The two discussed the strengthening of the fraternal ties between the two sides. The Foreign Minister apprised the Speaker about the grave human rights violations in IIOJK and appreciated the support of the Iranian leadership to the Kashmiri people. Qureshi also invited Ghalibaf to visit Pakistan and further strengthen the parliamentary ties between the two countries.

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