ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Pakistan’s Gwadar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) met with the Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province Deputy Governor Ali Akbar Mirshekari and discussed border trade between the two countries.

The Iranian delegation had been on a visit to Pakistan. The Iranian officials attended a three-day Pakistan-Iran joint border commission meeting in Gwadar.

Ali Akbar Mirshekari, talking to members of the GCCI, said his country wanted to increase the current bilateral trade volume from $1bn to $5bn.

“In order to boost Iran-Pakistan trade activities, the people of the two countries will have to play their role and that is essential for the economic prosperity of the entire region,” he said.

“Undoubtedly problems are there, but through consensus we can resolve these problems to help the people of the two countries,” he said.

He said during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Pakistan, it had been agreed to increase the trade volume from $1 billion to $5 billion and in order to achieve that, both sides were now taking steps at the border to provide maximum trade facilities to businessmen of the two countries. The Iranian official also assured Pakistani businessmen they would be given visas and special cards soon.

He said talks between the two countries were also underway to open Gabd-Reemdan and Mand-Pishin border points to step up trade activities.

Mirshekari said he would also try to resolve the issues of Rahdari for businessmen willing to visit Chabahar port in Iran. He invited Pakistani businessmen to visit Iran and assured them the problems they were facing in export and import of goods to and from Iran would be resolved on priority basis.