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Pakistan, Iran can take benefit of vast mutual trade scope : Nazeri

Lahore: Consul General of Iran Reza Nazeri has said that Iran wants stronger trade and economic ties with Pakistan therefore barter trade should be encouraged as it would be equally beneficial for the both countries.
He was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Friday.
Iranian Consul General said that Pakistan and Iran have common borders and cultural bonds. Iran has always tried to strengthen the bilateral relations with its neighbouring countries and Pakistan is its first preference in this regard. He said that Iranian Consulate will extend full support to the trade delegations. He said that Iran will also arrange an exhibition of Iranian products in Punjab province.
He said oil, chemical, gas and other sectors of economy should be focused for mutual trade. He said that Pakistan has a distinguished status in milk production. Experience of Iran in dairy sector can be beneficial for Pakistan. He said that Iran has great potential in the field of construction and can cooperate with Pakistan in this field. He said that both countries should join hands for promotion of tourism sector as Iran and Pakistan have immense potential in this sector.
While answering to a query, Iranian Consul General said that lack of banking channel is a real issue. He said that last year Iran signed an agreement with previous Pakistani government in this regard. He said that he will contact the present government to re-activate this agreement.
He said Allama Iqbal is a spiritual asset of both Pakistan and Iran. People of Iran, belong to any field of life, love Iqbal. He said through Iqbal’s poetry one can be familiar with Iran without direct travel. He appreciated role of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry for promoting the trade and economy of Pakistan.
The LCCI President Almas Hyder said that the relation of LCCI and Iran consulate requires no introduction as over the years both offices have worked hand in glove with each other. He appreciated the efforts of Iranian Consul General in creating ease of doing business through frequent direct flights between Pakistan and Iran. He said that Iranian consulate is facilitating LCCI members through honoring recommendations for granting business visas to the them. There are hundreds of members of LCCI who have benefited from this facilitation, along with other Chambers of Commerce of Punjab.

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