Upcoming: Commerce minister set to visit Iran

Published: December 24, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan will discuss Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and resumption of banking channels between Iran and Pakistan during his two-day visit to Iran next week.

In an interview with Radio Pakistan, Dastgir said, “We are quite hopeful that Iran and Pakistan would be able to sign FTA by the end of 2017, which is aimed at expanding bilateral trade.”

Giving details, the minister said it would be a follow up of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Pakistan earlier this year. He said Iran and Pakistan have already held their first round of negotiations on FTA and there is great positivity on both sides to conclude it ideally by the end of 2017.

Dastgir assured that any outstanding issues in the signing of FTA would be resolved quickly. He revealed that during his visit to Iran he plans to discuss the prospects of broader energy ties with Iran.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2016.

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