Iran, Pakistan vow to strengthen economic ties

Islamabad, Jan 13, IRNA - Iran and Pakistan have agreed to enhance cooperation in diverse sectors including economic field.

The understanding was reached at a meeting between Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost and Pakistan’s Minister of State for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan in Islamabad.

The minister added Iran-Pakistan relations have historical perspective and the two countries have common traditions.

Pakistani official during the meeting assured the Iranian ambassador that he will take appropriate steps for resumption of banking ties between the two countries.

“I will be very intimately working on this to solve this problem; I will hold meetings with the top officials of the State Bank and National Bank of Pakistan to solve the matter, I will do my best,” he said.

Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan expressing his views said banks are in private sector so we have to persuade them to do it. “We have to take some banks on board and for them it is a good business,” he noted.

'Why should we take the dictation, why should we be afraid when we are following the rules,' said the minister .

He went on to say, 'We are trying to work hard on economic side.'

Pakistan wants to have strong relations with Iran in all areas, said the minister adding, “We are brothers. We have to solve the problems we have to find the way, we don’t want to delay this mater.'

Meanwhile, the Iranian ambassador said that resumption of banking ties between Iran and Pakistan is very important to enhance trade cooperation between the two brotherly and friendly states.

“We have already signed an agreement in this regards so it should be implemented as early as possible,” he said.

“Our common enemies are working against us,” he pointed out adding that the overall trend of strengthening relations was positive.

Ambassador Honardoost further noted that Iran is keen to further expand bilateral relations with Pakistan in all spheres.

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