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News number: 9102111653

11:40 | 2012-05-12

Foriegn Policy

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Iran Resolved to Bolster Relations with Neighboring States

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian provincial officials said Tehran is determined to further consolidate and bolster economic ties and cooperation with the neighboring nations.



"The super power (US) is pressing us … but we should explore our own resources to develop bilateral relations," Mayor of Mashhad Seyed Mohammad Pezhman said at a meeting with members of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).

He said that as Pakistan had been deprived of giving access to foreign markets, Iran is also facing serious economic difficulties in this regard. "Despite these pressures, Iran manages to grow," he added.

"Though government-to-government level contacts are important to boost relations, but we think the private sector has a vital role in this context," he said, adding, "Therefore, the Iranian delegation initiated talks with the business community of Pakistan."

He urged development of bilateral relations, including trade on a fast-track basis, as it had already been delayed.

"Bilateral trade and businessmen exchange of visits can play a vital role in this regard," he added.

He invited the Pakistani entrepreneurs to explore Iranian markets. He also said that the present level of trade is much lower than its true potential.

Pezhman said that his country is interested in Pakistan's livestock sector. At the same time, he offered Iranian cooperation in the energy sector of Pakistan.

"Iran has a capacity to fulfill Pakistan's need in the energy sector," he added.