Pakistan, Iran working for joint border markets to boost trade activities: Envoy


ISLAMABAD, Jan 08 (DNA): Pakistan and Iran are working together to
establish two new border crossings and six joint border markets to boost
the trade activities between the two countries.

Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad Ali Hosseini in an interview with
News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan said both countries
are committed to enhance the existing trade volume of one point four
billion dollars to over five billion dollars in the next couple of

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

The Iranian Ambassador both countries are working to establish six joint
border markets and priority work is focussed 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

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

In reply to a question, Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Tehran is extending
full cooperation to the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding its
peaceful nuclear program and fully committed to international

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 country and
currently over five thousand 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.