Iranian Consul General in Peshawar, Hassan Darvishvand, has stressed the need for further improving of bilateral trade and economic ties between the two brotherly Islamic states, Pakistan and Iran, media reports said on Friday.
The current trade volume between Iran and Pakistan stands at only one billion dollars, which can be enhanced at $15 billion by bilateral trade engagement, in different locally manufacturing products of the two states, the Iranian Consul General in Peshawar, told media persons while speaking at Guest Hourˈs Programme of Peshawar Press Club, IRNA reported.
Darvishvand emphasised that the enhancement of trade and economic linkages were imminent between the two brotherly Islamic countries.
ˈPakistan can improve bilateral trade and economic ties with Islamic Republic of Iran, by exporting rice, meat and locally-manufactued textile products,ˈ he maintained.
Darvishvand further said that tourism is the most potential sector, which can also facilitate the improvement of the current trade volume between Iran and Pakistan.
The Iranian Consul General informed that around 1,500 megawatts of electricity can be supplied to Pakistan after completion of joint gas pipeline project between Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI).
ˈWe donˈt need to look towards any other country to improvement of bilateral economic relations,ˈ he remarked.
He added that Iran and Pakistan should take steps at individual level, for not only collaboration in trade areas, but also coping with common challenges and issues of the two states.
Darvishvand said Pakistan and Iran are facing similar challenges of terrorism, smuggling, aggression of super-powers, and other major issues, which can only be addressed by mutual cooperation and understanding.
ˈIt was an obligation to remove all kinds of impediments before the economic and trade relations between the two brotherly Islamic states,ˈ he stressed.
He further added that both Iran and Pakistan should take mutual benefits from each other experiences, and potentials, and address the common threats at every level.
Iranian Consul General said the common historical, cultural, religious and racial grounds has bonded the two-brotherly Islamic states in cordial relations.
Regarding the current instability in the region, Darvishvand said that the issue of Afghanistan has greatly influenced the regional states, adding that regional peace cannot be restored without stability in Afghanistan and Central Asian states.