Pakistan Highly values its relations with Iran: Senator Pervaiz Rashid

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Minister of Information, Mass-media Broadcasting, and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that Pakistan highly values its ties with Iran and consider it a close friend as both countries share a common history, religion, culture and heritage which binds the two countries in friendship and brotherhood.  Information Minister also emphasized the need for exchange of media delegations, so that both could learn from each other experiences and best practices.

He expressed these views in a meeting with Iranian ambassador  Mehdi Honordoost  here on Tuesday in Islamabad. Enhanced media connections between Iran and Pakistan would further reinforce and consolidate the already strong relationship between the two brotherly countries.

Iranian Envoy Mehdi Honardoost reiterated their resolve to further enhance bilateral ties between Iran and Pakistan for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries. He said that media can be an effective tool in promoting people to people contacts and to remove misconceptions between the two countries to build better understanding on matters of mutual interest.

In a related development Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir says Pakistan is taking various initiatives to enhance trade with Iran after lifting of sanctions against Tehran.

Khurram Dastgir Chaired a meeting of State Bank and other scheduled banks in Islamabad on Tuesday; he invited viable proposals for facilitation of banking transactions with Iran.

The Minister said the Commerce Ministry is extensively engaged with the Iranian Trade Ministry to operate the Preferential Trade Agreement and enhance trade facilitation on the border. The banks’ representatives, who visited Iran few months ago, reported a great enthusiasm in Iran for trade with Pakistan.

The Writer is Editor Daily Online News Paper “The Fortress” can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com

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