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    Pakistan Iran relations

    Pakistan, Iran vow to boost mutual trade to $2 billion


    * Both countries sign MoU to share resources, information and exchange business delegations


    By Tariq Farid

    LAHORE: The Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIM) and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) pledged on Thursday to boost mutual trade between Iran and Pakistan to $2 billion in a couple of years.

    TCCIM President Yahya Al Eshagh, who was heading a 24-member strong Iranian business delegation, and LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to share resources and information and exchange business delegation. Later, addressing a press conference, TCCIM president said that trade volume between the two countries can go up to $3 billion to $4 billion in four years.

    He said that during their visit, they had a number of fruitful meetings with business community of Pakistan. “We are impressed by the warm welcome given to us and practical wisdom of the business community here,” he added.

    “We also had meetings with the government sectors, which showed keen interest to boost mutual economic ties,” he said.

    He said that the Iranian delegation had held talks to increase mutual trade and investment in power, oil and gas, mining, food, petrochemicals, textile, leather, hides, meat and agriculture sectors. He hoped that the talks would yield positive results for both countries. “We also discussed with the Pakistani authorities the impediments in the way of boosting trade, which include transport, banking, customs, insurance problems,” he said.

    Answering a question, the TCCIM president said, “Our enemies, including the US and some European countries, do not want Iran and Pakistan to increase mutual cooperation in economic sector and boost trade.” It is in the interest of both states to increase economic cooperation, because both have potential to meet each other’s need, he said. “Iran can help overcome the severe energy crisis in Pakistan by cooperating in the power and gas sectors. While Pakistan can also support Iran in many other sectors,” he said.

    He said that Iran had made economic progress and enhanced its imports and exports despite the US and its allies’ pressure on some states not to have trade relations with Iran. The LCCI president said that a Pakistani business delegation would soon visit Iran, which would help enhance trade ties between the two states.

    He said that a vast opportunity was available for Pakistani traders and investors in Iran in the fields of dairy, livestock, meat and beverages. “Iran is one of the world’s largest petrochemical producer in the world, so Pakistan can benefit from it,” he added.

    He pointed out that the official trade between the two countries had decreased due to smuggling from the Qeutta border, especially in petrochemicals and plastics. He stressed the need to boost mutual trade between Iran and Pakistan, which would benefit both the countries.

    “We should keep in mind our own national interests and enhance economic ties. We should not care for the international politics and succumb to pressure by any other country,” he said. He said, Pakistan is passing through hard times due to energy crisis, which has decreased our gross domestic product by 2.5 percent, adding that Iran’s cooperation was crucial in the energy sector.

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    Good news! Increased trade is benefit to both countries.
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    Pakistan, Iran vow to boost mutual trade to $2 billion

    LAHORE: The Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIM) and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) pledged on Thursday to boost mutual trade between Iran and Pakistan to $2 billion in a couple of years.

    TCCIM President Yahya Al Eshagh, who was heading a 24-member strong Iranian business delegation, and LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to share resources and information and exchange business delegation. Later, addressing a press conference, TCCIM president said that trade volume between the two countries can go up to $3 billion to $4 billion in four years.

    He said that during their visit, they had a number of fruitful meetings with business community of Pakistan. “We are impressed by the warm welcome given to us and practical wisdom of the business community here,” he added.

    “We also had meetings with the government sectors, which showed keen interest to boost mutual economic ties,” he said.

    He said that the Iranian delegation had held talks to increase mutual trade and investment in power, oil and gas, mining, food, petrochemicals, textile, leather, hides, meat and agriculture sectors. He hoped that the talks would yield positive results for both countries. “We also discussed with the Pakistani authorities the impediments in the way of boosting trade, which include transport, banking, customs, insurance problems,” he said.

    Answering a question, the TCCIM president said, “Our enemies, including the US and some European countries, do not want Iran and Pakistan to increase mutual cooperation in economic sector and boost trade.” It is in the interest of both states to increase economic cooperation, because both have potential to meet each other’s need, he said. “Iran can help overcome the severe energy crisis in Pakistan by cooperating in the power and gas sectors. While Pakistan can also support Iran in many other sectors,” he said.

    He said that Iran had made economic progress and enhanced its imports and exports despite the US and its allies’ pressure on some states not to have trade relations with Iran. The LCCI president said that a Pakistani business delegation would soon visit Iran, which would help enhance trade ties between the two states.

    He said that a vast opportunity was available for Pakistani traders and investors in Iran in the fields of dairy, livestock, meat and beverages. “Iran is one of the world’s largest petrochemical producer in the world, so Pakistan can benefit from it,” he added.

    He pointed out that the official trade between the two countries had decreased due to smuggling from the Qeutta border, especially in petrochemicals and plastics. He stressed the need to boost mutual trade between Iran and Pakistan, which would benefit both the countries.

    “We should keep in mind our own national interests and enhance economic ties. We should not care for the international politics and succumb to pressure by any other country,” he said. He said, Pakistan is passing through hard times due to energy crisis, which has decreased our gross domestic product by 2.5 percent, adding that Iran’s cooperation was crucial in the energy sector.
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    That is good news we must trade with our neighbours for the benefit of both Iranian and Pakistani people

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    $2 billion is nothing. We should increase our trade with Iran which will benefit for countries.
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    Why can't we have some joint defence project?It's not fair
    I hope the gas pipeline breaks the ice in our relations..

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    Pakistan Iran relations

    On Pakistan and Iran relations
    By Asad Rahim Khan

    Published: September 20, 2012


    It cannot be easy being Bashar al-Assad. Syria’s president has lost his brother-in-law, and some would say, his sanity to the civil war raging across the country. Yet, he continues butchering his people. Syria’s been ‘booted out’ of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), one of the many little wrist-slaps the regime has somehow survived. But at the OIC’s last emergency meeting, Assad found sympathy from unlikely quarters.

    President Asif Ali Zardari urged “a policy of non-interference” in Syria, then repeated himself in Tehran. In the routine outrage that followed though, commentators felt less strongly about Pakistan supporting the blood-splattered Assad than what several felt was a sop to Iran, Syria’s insurance in the Middle East. Whatever Pakistan’s motives, Iran is one of Pakistan’s most pressing cross-border headaches — even if no one likes talking about it.

    The careers of the fellow Islamic Republics have been diverging for a while. And whereas Pakistan’s foreign policy agenda is defined hazily at best, Iran is not nearly as conflicted about the role it seeks for itself in the world. It patronises Hamas, the Palestinian party running the Gaza Strip. It throws its weight around in Iraq, the prime minister of which took refuge in Tehran during the Saddam years. And it extends a veritable lifeline to Hezbollah, now a force to be reckoned with in Lebanon.

    Granted, Persian Empire 2.0 it is not, nor does Pakistan concern itself much with these states anyway (by itself a policy failure). But in places that Pakistan has bothered to create a stake for itself, like Afghanistan and post-uprising Bahrain, it quickly becomes evident that not only are the ‘brother countries’ on opposite sides, their proxies are also pitted directly against the other’s.

    That is not to say there is no potential for improvement. Pakistan and Iran are bound by historic, linguistic and cultural ties. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s fondness for cheap grandstanding commands a bizarre respect from the Pakistani street. Both sides remain committed to building the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, despite several stupid attempts at persuading Pakistan otherwise. But between Hezbollah, Assad’s Alawis, and the Shia-majority states of Bahrain and Iraq, most of Iran’s associates gel well with Tehran’s regional ambitions. By comparison, Pakistan’s credentials are not that good: armed with nuclear warheads, longstanding ties with Iran’s Arab archrivals and a series of ad hocisms in place of a foreign policy.

    This bleeds into what was always a confused relationship. In 2005, Iran’s nuclear chief coincidentally let slip that “pieces of centrifuges” were received from Pakistan. Pakistan has accused Iran of arming militant Shia groups operating in the country. And unlike the old days when the Shah would ply the original PPP regime with Cobra gunships — for mowing down Baloch tribesmen — today’s Iran blames Pakistan for ignoring Sunni outfits like Jundullah in Balochistan.

    Yes, everyone knows that Pakistani policy requires coherence. But Iran’s officialdom needs to grow up. Ever since the revolution, Iranian diplomacy has reduced its range to vary from petulance to hostile petulance. Unfortunately, proximity to Pakistan is not akin to either Israeli anger or American sanctions; it cannot be manoeuvred around or weathered through. A better relationship can only serve Iran. Just as a worse one would be disastrous for Pakistan. Organised segments at home despise Iran, are fearful of its ‘malign influence’ in the country and continue calling for Pakistan to act like a majoritarian state in the same way Iran is a doctrinaire one. And this happens at a time when the state is failing miserably to protect the lives of its Shia citizens.
    Pakistan is neither Arab nor Persian. As it is neither, its citizens must reject those peddling narratives that seek to spread hatred in people’s hearts and murder by their identification cards.

    Regardless, Iran and Pakistan are finding themselves in an increasingly dark place on the world stage. The ayatollahs marched there with conviction, our civilians and generals out of indifference. Coming closer via the pipeline — and long-term policy planning by Pakistan — may bring both nearer to the light.
    Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2012

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    Interesting its almost as if the countries are moving closer without actually any coordination whatsoever and it is what I have been stating for sometime. Interests converge does not matter who the leaders
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    What do you think is preventing Iran and Pakistan from building a warm relationship?Just like the one that Iran and Turkey have (had) at least before the Syrian crisis.

    Aryan brother,how active are those Shia militant groups in Pakistan?Are they as active as Taliban or Lashkar Taiba?and is it proved that Iran is arming them or only because they are Shia,the author claims they are armed by Iran?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErA View Post
    What do you think is preventing Iran and Pakistan from building a warm relationship?Just like the one that Iran and Turkey have (had) at least before the Syrian crisis.

    Aryan brother,how active are those Shia militant groups in Pakistan?Are they as active as Taliban or Lashkar Taiba?and is it proved that Iran is arming them or only because they are Shia,the author claims they are armed by Iran?
    The majority of Pakistan wants close relations with Iran/ Why not? Iran has a fantastic heritage and lately have shown the world a resilience second to none.
    We have some morons in our nation trying to destabilize our nation and i believe they are funded by those Saudis in Audis. Prior to their interjection there was never any issues.
    Lets pray and hope it is exterminated and our countries relations grow.
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    Pakistan, Iran enjoy trustworthy, frank relations: Shahbaz

    Pakistan, Iran enjoy trustworthy, frank relations: Shahbaz
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    Chief Minister of Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Iran enjoy strong bond of love and affection, called Iran a sincere, frank and reliable friend of Pakistan.

    He expressed these views while talking to Advisor to Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Akbar Walaiti who called on Chief Minister accompanied by a 14-member delegation at Model Town here on Friday.
    Shahbaz stressed that promotion of economic, trade and industrial ties between the two countries is the dire need of hour added that Iran is an important country of the region and has to play an active role in establishment of peace in the region.

    The chief minister appraised the role of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as prime minister in strengthening relations with Iran. He assumed that time has come for Pakistan and Iran to move forward together in economic, trade, industrial and agriculture sectors.

    Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that role of Ali Akbar Walaiti, as Iranian foreign minister has been laudable in bringing the Islamic countries closer. He said the offer of Iran to provide assistance to Pakistan to overcome energy crisis is a good omen.

    Talking on the occasion, Advisor to Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Akbar Walaiti admitted that relations between Pakistan and Iran were extremely strong during the rule of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who played an important role in cementing mutual ties.

    He prayed that whole Pakistan should progress as people of Punjab have progressed under Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.

    Ali Akbar Walaiti invited President Pakistan Muslim League-N, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to visit Iran.

    During the meeting, ‘Fateh’ was also offered by Ali Akbar Walaiti and members of the delegation over the demise of younger brother of Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Muhammad Abbas Sharif.
    Senior Advisor Senator Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Special Assistant Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Chairman Planning & Development, Chief Executive Officer Punjab Investment Board and Iranian Consul General Muhammad Hussain Bani Asadi were also present.

    Pakistan, Iran enjoy trustworthy, frank relations: Shahbaz | The Nation

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    Frank relations ??

    This is new terminology in diplomacy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Third eye View Post
    Frank relations ??

    This is new terminology in diplomacy.
    Shahbaz is a CM Punjab and not a diplomat.

    In any case frank and open discussions are often cited during diplomatic parlays.

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    Good to see solid relations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ticker View Post
    Shahbaz is a CM Punjab and not a diplomat.

    In any case frank and open discussions are often cited during diplomatic parlays.
    Talks are ' free & frank'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Third eye View Post
    Talks are ' free & frank'.
    during diplomatic parlays and therefore the use of this diplomatic jargon. All countries use this jargon.
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    Iran and Pakistan for strategic reasons are being pushed together naturally

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    Rohani stresses Iran-Pakistan relations

    Rohani stresses Iran-Pakistan relations




    Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani says a fundamental foreign policy during his tenure will be to enhance relations with neighboring states, particularly Pakistan.


    “The expansion of ties with neighboring and Muslim countries, especially Pakistan, will be among the next administration’s foreign policy priorities,” Rohani said on Tuesday in response to a congratulatory message by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

    Rohani thanked Zardari for having sent him the congratulatory message over his victory in Iran’s presidential election, expressing satisfaction over the growing trend of constructive cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad.

    The amicable ties as well as the deep historical, cultural and Islamic bonds between Iran and Pakistan have laid the groundwork for strengthening mutual relations and helping establish peace and tranquility in the region, Rohani said.

    The Iranian president-elect expressed hope that Tehran-Islamabad relations will further develop in all areas based on good neighborliness and mutual respect.

    Also in response to a congratulatory message by President of Guinea Conakry Alpha Conde, Rohani expressed hope that Tehran-Conakry ties would further expand on all political, economic and cultural fronts.

    Rohani won Iran’s June 14 presidential election, garnering 50.7 percent of a total of 36,704,156 ballots. The voter turnout in the election was 72.7 percent, according to Iran’s Interior Ministry.

    The Iranian president-elect currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the Supreme National Security Council. He is also a member of the Assembly of Experts, the Expediency Council and the director of the council’s Center for Strategic Research.


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    Hope Pakistanis will follow what is in their interest and not third parties
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    Re: Rohani stresses Iran-Pakistan relations

    Its imperative that we have close relations with Iran. Its logical that we carry the pipeline through.

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    Re: Rohani stresses Iran-Pakistan relations

    I think it's much much more than pipeline -- what we need is to reinvigorate the warm that once existed between Pakistan and Iran - Iran was the first nation to recognize Pakistan and large numbers of Iranians made Karachi their home - but that was before the Wahabization of Pakistan and the support offered to the Talib to butcher Shi'ah Muslims, as is it is today offered to the LeJ.

    But of course Iran too must consider seriously whether their reaction to the Talib is worth bad relations with Pakistan - increasingly and ominously Iran is facing a Western reaction that soon will become reality for the Pakistanis as well.

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    Pakistan’s relations with Iran, Greece to be enhanced

    Pakistan’s relations with Iran, Greece to be enhanced

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - Islamabad—Iranian and Greek ambassadors, Tuesday, held separate meetings with Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq here at Parliament House and discussed matters of mutual interest.While talking to Iranian ambassador Ali Reza Haghighian and Greek envoy Pertos Mavroidis, Speaker said that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with neighbouring and European countries.

    In meeting Ambassador Ali Reza Haghighian he said that Pakistan attached immense importance to its fraternal relations with Iran and wants to further cement those through enhanced parliamentary cooperation between the legislatures of both the countries.

    He remarked that both the nations were intertwined in bonds of religion, history and culture. He stressed the need for further enhancing commercial ties between Pakistan and Iran for mutual benefit. The Speaker asked the Ambassador to convey his best wishes and congratulation to the Iranian political hierarchy on successful conduct of recent presidential elections.

    Later, Pertos Mavroidis, Ambassador of Republic of Greece met Speaker National Assembly. He congratulated Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on his election as the Speaker of the August House. He said that his country considers Pakistan as its friend, an economic partner and also cherishes the historic links with Pakistan.

    He said that Greek legislature was keen to work closely with Parliament of Pakistan through strengthening parliamentary contacts. He also conveyed invitation of Greek Speaker to Speaker National Assembly to visit Greece and meet his counterpart.

    The Speaker said that parliamentary cooperation between legislatures of Pakistan and Greece would induce upwards momentum in strengthening existing relations between both the nations. He said that Pakistan values Greek support extended to it at international forums especially in European Union.—Online

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