Islamabad, The newly appointed Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan, His Excellency Mr.Reza Amiri-Moghaddam, paid a courtesy visit to the Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiatives, Mr. Sami Saeed. Chief Economist Dr. Nadeem Javaid, Senior Joint Secretary Mr. Muazzam Ali and Chief Foreign Aid Mr. Zaroor Khan also attended the meeting.
Both sides discussed various avenues of collaboration between the two nations including bilateral trade, CPEC, cooperation in energy and economic sectors.
During the meeting, Minister Saeed warmly welcomed Ambassador Amiri-Moghaddam to Pakistan and extended his felicitation on assuming his responsibilities as the Iranian Ambassador to the country. Minister Saeed emphasized the importance of the long-standing friendship between Pakistan and Iran and reiterated the commitment to further strengthening the ties.
Both sides emphasized on the need to enhance trade and connectivity between the two nations and expressed a mutual desire to boost the trade volume between Pakistan and Iran.
Ambassador Amiri-Moghaddam, during the talks, offered his country’s cooperation in the energy sector, acknowledging need for the energy security for Pakistan. Minister Saeed appreciated this gesture and expressed his eagerness to explore opportunities for collaboration in this critical area.
Minister Saeed commended the existing border markets between Pakistan and Iran and suggested exploring additional areas of mutual interest and collaboration. The minister also proposed for evolving a mechanism to facilitate smoother trade transactions. The meeting also discussed the eastern and western corridors, with both sides exploring strategies to enhance trade through these channels.
The meeting concluded on a positive note, with both Ambassador Amiri-Moghaddam and Minister Saeed expressing their commitment to working closely towards realizing the shared goals of increased trade, connectivity, and cooperation between Pakistan and Iran. The potential collaboration in the energy sector was highlighted as a significant step in this direction.