Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan discussed issues on mutual interest in a meeting on Thursday in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, on the sidelines of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
In a bid to revive the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) road corridor, Pakistan’s National Logistic Cell (NLC) is all set to perform the first commercial run by transporting high-value products from Pakistan to Turkey in late September.
The current trade between Iran and Pakistan stands at $1 billion per year, said Consul General of Iran in Karachi Hassan Nourian, adding that it is not favorable considering the populations of both countries.
Summer Persian language course started in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad with the presence of Iran’s Cultural Attaché in Islamabad Ehsan Khazaei and representative of Saadi Foundation with an aim to develop and expand Persian language.
Rice exporters and traders in Pakistan proposed the government establish a strong banking system with Iran via implementing a special purpose vehicle (SPV) system to boost trade, especially the rice exports.
Iran’s President-elect Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said the security of the neighboring Afghanistan should be provided by people of the country, adding that foreign forces only bring insecurity to the region.
The government of Pakistan, which launched a plan to set up three joint border markets with the Islamic Republic of Iran in early June, has allocated technical supplementary grants to implement the project.