Pak-Iran strategic relations must be strengthened to boost trade, investment: Iranian Governor


Islamabad: A high-level delegation of Iranian Province Khorasan Razvi, led by Governor Dr. Mahmoud Salahi visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI). Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan, Mashallah Shakari also accompanied the delegation.

Muslim Ummah must be united to overcome the challenges of world powers. There were centuries-old civilization, historical and cultural relations between Pakistan and Iran, both countries should enhance further cooperation in trade industries and other sectors, Dr. Mahmoud Salahi, Governor of Iranian Province Khorasan Razvi said while addressing the business community at ICCI.

Dr Salahi expressed hope that industrial exchange program between Punjab and Khorasan would help to promote trade relations of two provinces. He said that Iran was willing to import rice, meat, fruits and many other items from Pakistan, adding that, Iran and Punjab government were going to set up slaughterhouses in Lahore. He said that Iran has made tremendous progress in various sectors and there was a vast scope of cooperation in energy sector, elaborating the point, Dr. Salahi said that Khorasan could also help Pakistan in producing electricity from water, coal, air and solar options.

Speaking on the occasion, Mashallah Shakari, Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan said that Pakistani investors should benefit from the expertise of Iranian companies. He said that Iran and Pakistan have great potential for enhancing economic and cultural cooperation amongst the business communities of both countries. The Ambassador said that exchange of business delegations could pave the way for exploring areas of common interest. Iran would provide technical and all other kinds of assistance to Pakistan to overcome energy crisis, he added.

In his welcome address, Mahfooz Elahi, President ICCI said that Pakistan and Iran have deep rooted history and both Muslim nations share common culture and traditions. There was also commonality of views and perceptions on all regional and global issues, geographical proximity adds depth and meaning to our bilateral relations, he opinioned.

He said that in the last few years the trade between Pakistan-Iran has picked up the momentum and has jumped from US dollars 141 million in 2000 to more than 1.5billion US dollars. He said that Pakistan is a very promising economy and an attractive investment destination, all sectors of the economy were opened for investment with attractive incentives.

ICCI President said that major item of exports from Pakistan include rice, fruit & vegetables. Iranian oil and gas companies should invest in Pakistan’s energy sector as it offers tremendous investments prospects, he emphasized.

Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh, Acting President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that Pakistan and Iran enjoy traditionally close and cordial relations, which would be strengthened further in the days to come. He proposed that Pak-Iran business council should be interacted at least 4 times in year which would enhance the mutual trade between two countries. The event highlighted investment and trade opportunities, the Iran-Pak private sector delegates also discussed the most pressing projects that could be boosted though this visit.

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