Iran to launch direct marine route to Qatar

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Tehran, July 8 (IANS) Iran’s Valfajr Shipping Company is planning to establish a direct marine route from the Iranian port of Bushehr to Qatar in the next two weeks, the media reported on Saturday.

The move is aimed at “expansion of non-oil trade” to the Persian Gulf Arab state, Xinhua news agency quoted an official with Bushehr Ports and Maritime Organisation, Abolqasem Mohammadzadeh, as saying.

Mohammadzadeh said his institution will use refrigerated containers for shipments to Qatar.

Iran has been exporting food to Qatar via dhow boats and planes after Saudi Arabia and its allies cut all links with the gas-rich country over Doha’s alleged support for terrorism. Qatar denies the accusations.

–IANS

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