Pakistan Iran agree to boost bilateral trade as border commission meeting ends
Iranian Sistan-Balochistan Governor handing over a traditional gift to the Chief Secretary Balochistan Abdul Aziz Uqaili at the end of the two day joint border commission meeting: Photo provided by DGPR

News Desk:

Pakistan and Iran have agreed to boost bilateral trade and address issues relating to the border at the joint border commission meeting in the Iranian city of Zahedan on Thursday evening. Delegations from the two countries thoroughly discussed bilateral trade, illegal human trafficking, narcotics smuggling and other issues relating to the border.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary Balochistan, Abdul Aziz Uqaili, the head of the Pakistani delegation said that the two countries have discussed trade, security issues and an end to narcotics smuggling and human trafficking.

Pakistan committed to eradicating the curse of narcotics

“Pakistan committed to eradicating the curse of narcotics”, Mr. Uqaili assured his counterpart. The Governor of the Iranian province Sistan-Balochistan for law enforcement, Ali Raza Marhmati presented the Iranian side during the two-day joint border commission meeting. The delegates presented various proposals with regard to enhancing security and addressing other issues relating to the more than 900km border between the two Muslim neighboring countries.

CS Balochistan, Abdul Aziz Uqaili stated that Pakistan has taken a number of measures to facilitate the people living on both sides of the border. “People of neighboring areas given incentives by the provincial and federal governments”, he stated.

Iran appreciates steps taken by Pakistan

The Iranian side appreciated the steps taken by the Pakistani government for ensuring legal movement at the border and eradicating the curse of narcotics. The Iranian counterpart thanked the CS Balochistan and the government of Pakistan for its commitment to addressing issues relating to the border and boosting the bilateral trade between the two countries.

Members of the chamber of commerce Balochistan, deputy commissioners of six districts of Balochistan, and other law enforcement agencies participated in the two days meeting. The Joint Border Commission comprising officials of the two countries hold a meeting after every 15 days to discuss bilateral issues.

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