Pakistan minister opposes US sanctions on Iran

Islamabad, May 9, IRNA - Pakistan’s Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi who was part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s delegation to Iran says 'we don’t agree with the US unilateral sanctions against Iran'.

In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), he said that despite sanctions Iran is progressing in all sectors.

'They are developing infrastructure; their literacy rate is 95 percent which shows that Iranian society is moving in a right direction,' he said.

The minister said many countries in the world have rejected US unilateral sanctions against Iran. 'I don't agree with the sanctions.'

He said Pakistan is ready to launch a ferry service for pilgrims to Iran which would be available between Karachi and Bandar Abbas via Gwadar.

He said Iran is also ready to start the service.

“There are some small security matters which we will resolve soon so the service is in the pipeline,” noted the minister.

“I have also a plan to start such service with Oman and Dubai,” he said.

Despite the fact that large number of Pakistanis travel to Iran for religious and commercial purposes, there is no ferry service available between the two countries and the people have to use road and air links for the travel which is quite expensive.

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