“The business communities of both countries are totally unaware of each other’s capabilities and opportunities. Therefore, we have to focus on exchange of information, trade delegations and other promotional activities between the two countries,” Iran’s ambassador to Pakistan, Mehdi Honardoost, said.
The envoy was speaking at a meeting with the officials of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Karachi chamber, Associated Press of Pakistan cited a KCCI press release as reporting.
The Iranian ambassador said both countries have many commonalities that could not be found between any other countries of the entire region.
“There is a huge potential of cooperation between Iran and Pakistan,” he said.
The envoy is of the view that regional problems like terrorism, human trafficking and drug trafficking should be solved by the regional countries, which had common perception, common interests and common concerns.
Honardoost said Iran is keen to develop its ties with Pakistan by focusing on enhancing trade that has continued to grow each year.
Exporting electricity to Pakistan, implementing the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline, signing a free trade agreement and commencement of banking transactions between the two brotherly countries reflected this approach.
“Your rivals are much faster and active than you, so you also have to take steps accordingly. You have to grab some more portion of the Iranian market that has a lot of potential for Pakistani goods and services. We are also ready to share almost everything with our Pakistani brothers and sisters,” he said.
Referring to high-level meetings between the political leaders of the two countries and visits of delegations, the ambassador said the rise in exchange of delegations indicates that the horizon for enhanced trade ties is “bright and clear”.