‘Rouhani’s Pakistan visit opportunity to increase bilateral business links’

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Tehran, March 20 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s upcoming visit to Pakistan would provide an opportunity for private sectors in both countries, said a Iranian business chamber official.

Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture head Mohsen Jalalpour said Iran and Pakistan are neighbouring countries that enjoy historical and brotherly relations, IRNA reported on Sunday.

Iran was the first to recognise Pakistan as an independent country and from then to now, there hasn’t been any dark point in bilateral relations, he said.

“It gives me a pleasure to invite Pakistani people to tour Iran. When people visit, they discover the opportunities for trade and investment, and our governments should pave the ground to work with each other to form economical bonds.

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“We can start by developing regions near the borders. We should work together to make sure that people in that region have decent lives and jobs.

“Rouhani’s visit provides an opportunity for private sector in both countries to express their willingness to work for creating an economic bridge between two countries,” said Jalalpour.

“We should also state our capabilities and capacities for all that is needed to flourish our economic relationship,” he added.

President Rouhani will pay a two-day visit to Pakistan later this month.

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