“We are in favor of running a freight train from Balochistan to Zehdan and from there to Central Asian states. We have to work together to thwart the conspiracies of the international forces that are disrupting the relations between Pakistan and Iran,” Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Syed Muhammad Ali Hussaini said on his visit to Quetta.
Establishing border markets and eliminating barriers to trade and industry will further strengthen bilateral trade relations, Mr. Hussaini expressed these views while addressing a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Quetta.
Bazarcha Taftan Business Terminal will soon be implementing the deployment of relevant officers from Iran.
“We want to have free trade with Pakistan”, Mr. Hussaini stated. We want long-lasting and stable trade relations between Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan, Mr. Hussaini added.
Earlier, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Quetta Balochistan President Haji Abdullah Achakzai, Senior Vice President Haji Agha Gul Khalji and Vice President Syed Abdul Ahad Agha, and others visited Iran’s Ambassador Syed Muhammad Ali Hussaini.
The meeting discussed ensuring the establishment of common border markets, a joint expo center in Taftan, permission for loading and unloading of Pakistani vehicles, and making transit gateway hours 24 hours. Free Trade Agreement, issuance of one-year visa to businessmen on the recommendation of the Chamber, provision of five-year multiple visa facility.
The participants of the meeting agreed on having separate gates for LPG and fresh items, deployment of relevant Iranian officers in Bazarcha, and provision of shelter for Pakistani export goods especially rice in Zahedan.
There was a demand for the restoration of frozen accounts of Pakistanis, the abolition of taxes imposed on food items, especially vegetables, and the abolition of rice and other tariffs and it was hoped that Mr. Hussaini would play his full role in this regard.
The Iranian Ambassador said that people associated with Pakistan’s industry and trade should inform investors from Iran about the opportunities available here so that they can benefit from the investment opportunities available. Bilateral measures are also taken for flight service from Quetta to Mashhad, He mentioned.