Trade through Gwadar, Basra Seaports to bring revolution in Iraq-Pakistan relations-Envoy

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ISLAMABAD, MAR 30 /DNA/ – Iraq and Pakistan enjoy the best relationship and that by initiating  trade through Gwadar and Basra seaports the  relations  between the two countries can be heightened  to new heights. Both the sides are committed to fostering their multilateral relationship and that   Pakistani manpower  has a vast spectrum in the fields of agriculture, medical and petro-chemical in Iraq.

The  two countries also enjoy exemplary ties in the field of defence and that Iraq has recently procured a complete package of Super Mushahk from Pakistan.This has been stated by Iraq’s Ambassador to Pakistan Hamid Abbas Lafta  while talking to a delegation of ICCI which called on him under the leadership of Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.    

The Ambassador said that both the countries always demonstrate complete harmony at regional and international forums, adding that Iraq is a country of opportunities with a strong economy, having an annual budget of $110 billion and wants to promote ties with all the countries. He mentioned that although both Pakistan and Iraq  are bonded in strong relationships yet the trade relations are at the lowest level which needs to be enhanced and  for this purpose the Chambers of both the sides can play  a significant role.

The envoy further said that the Iraqi government has unveiled its national action plan for the investments and the Pakistani businessmen have to come forward to avail these opportunities. He further said that the doors of his embassy are open for the business community of Pakistan in particular for the ICCI and that the Embassy will feel pride in sharing Iraq’s business opportunities with the Chamber for the benefit of the business community.

On his part,  President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari said that despite having a huge potential by both the sides,  the trade volume is not upto the mark  and to overcome the problem direct connectivity between the two brotherly countries  was much needed.He said that along-with other multiple investment opportunities in different areas Pakistan also enjoys the tourism potential especially the northern areas, thereby the Iraqi side must grasp this opportunity also.He added that Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry will chalk out a plan for its participation in the Trade Exhibition to be held in Najaf in the month of June  to showcase its products in Iraq to boost business ties between the two countries.

He further said that ICCI was determined to play its role in the promotion  of business relations between the two countries.On this occasion Secretary General UBG Zafar Bakhatwari expressed the hope that the Ambassador being a dynamic figure will continue to play his role in furthering the ties between the two countries and that in this connection the  bilateral visits of the highest leadership of both the sides will be a momentous one.Executive member ICCI Ch. Mohammad Ali was also  part of the delegation.