QUETTA: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri has said the incumbent federal government wants to strengthen trade and bilateral relations with Iran and achieve set business targets as the two neighbouring countries share deep religious and cultural ties.
He shared these views while meeting with Iranian Consul General Agha Muhammad Rafiee here in Quetta the other day.
“Pakistan has historic relations with Iran and other Islamic countries hence Prime Minister Imran Khan is keen to further strengthen them. All resources are being utilised to achieve trade goals with Iran,” Suri said.
Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) also organised a farewell party for Iranian diplomat in which Suri especially participated to honour the services of the outgoing consul general.
President QCCI Balochistan Ghulam Farooq Khilji, Senior Vice President Badaruddin Kakar and other members called deputy speaker’s attention towards closure of trade activities through Iran and Afghan borders and urged the government to re-open borders for import and export businesses by adopting safety precautions for the Covid-19.
Suri assured to play his due role to address issues of Quetta Chamber of Commerce and foster Pak-Iran border trade.
Meanwhile, Iranian Consul General Rafiee also stressed upon strengthening Pak-Irantrade relations to bring stability in both the countries.
He was addressing the farewell party hosted by Quetta of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in which QCCI members lauded Rafiee’s services in Balochistan and said the Iranian consul general utilised his utmost efforts to address issues pestering members of Pak-Iran Chamber of Commerce.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2020.
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