Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in a phone conversation discussed ways to further develop bilateral trade relations amid the coronavirus outbreak.
During a phone talks on Wednesday, the two top officials discussed a variety of issues, including bilateral ties.
Rouhani, for his part, called for the reopening of the border markets of Iran and Pakistan while observing healthcare guidelines, saying it will lead to the growth of Tehran-Islamabad trade relations.
“We are interested in exchanging goods and trade with Pakistan via borders, as we do with other neighboring countries,” he said.
Rouhani also praised Pakistan’s opposition to the illegal US sanctions against Iran.
Expressing hope that the two countries will boost their economic cooperation, he also called for the implementation of the agreements already signed between Tehran and Islamabad.
Imran Khan also emphasized the development and deepening of relations with Iran, especially economic and trade cooperation, and welcomed the resumption of trade activities on the borders of the two countries and the operation of border markets in accordance with healthcare guidelines.
He said the resumption of trade between the two countries will significantly contribute to Pakistan"s economy, which has been plagued by the coronavirus.
The Pakistani prime minister also condemned the US imposition of sanctions and increased economic pressure on Iran amid the difficult conditions that the world is facing due to the coronavirus pandemic, and said, "I take it upon myself to support Iran in the face of illegal US actions."
The two sides also stressed the need to use each other"s experience, knowledge and technology to combat and control coronavirus.
They also condemned any discrimination and pressure against Muslims and expressed their support for Islamic nations in this regard.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Vice-Speaker of Pakistan"s National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri said that his country is resolved to enhance trade with neighboring Iran, specially in border areas, despite the unilateral US sanctions.
Suri made the remarks during a farewell meeting of Iranian Consul General in the Southwestern city of Quetta Mohammad Rafiei and members of Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI).
The Pakistani traders in the meeting highlighted the problems being faced by them due to the closure of Pakistan-Iran border saying that more than 1,800 commercial trucks both from Iran and Pakistan are waiting for the border opening.
Suri assured the traders about raising the matter with federal government to quickly solve the problem.
He said the current Pakistani government is determined to strengthen relations with countries around the world, especially the Islamic Republic of Iran, and seeks to open a new chapter in trade and commerce between the two countries.
Source: Farsnews- Date: (30 April 2020)