ISLAMABAD, Nov 22 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday vowed to take concerted and concrete steps to bolster Pak- Iran bilateral trade to new heights while vigorously pursuing mega projects in all areas particularly energy, trade and economic fields for the mutual benefit of the two brotherly countries.Briefing about the meeting, Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that during the bilateral meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Presidency on the sidelines of the Eighth D-8 Summit in Islamabad hosted by Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari proposed to Iran that preferential tariff and free trade arrangements and removing tariff and non-tariff barriers between the two countries would further enhance bilateral trade and investment.
He said that Pakistan has entered
into currency swap agreement with a number of countries and emphasized
the need for Pakistan and Iran to encourage trade in local currencies.
Zardari urged businessmen of the two countries for optimum utilization
of the tremendous trade and investment potential existing between the
two countries to achieve the bilateral trade target.
barter trade, President Zardari said that agreement on export of wheat
and rice to Iran was a testimony for our barter trade and called for its
replication in other areas to the mutual benefit.
President said that Pakistan was in dire need of energy resources and
was taking all possible steps to meet the growing demands of power.
this context the two leaders also discussed bilateral energy projects
including the Iran-Pakistan Gas pipeline, the 1000 MW Taftan-Quetta
power transmission line and the Gwadar power supply project.
Spokesperson said that during discussion on regional situation
particularly Middle East, Syria and Afghanistan, the President said that
his country desires peace, stability and security in Syria, adding that
it would continue supporting any initiative aimed at bringing peace and
stability to Syria in accordance with aspirations of the people of
Syria and without any foreign interference.
situation in Afghanistan, President Zardari said that Pakistan would
continue to support an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned peace and
reconciliation and process in Afghanistan and stressed the need for the
two countries to work closely for peace and security both in Afghanistan
and Syria as it was in the interest of the two countries.
Iran side, those who attended the meeting included among others Ali
Akbar Salehi, Foreign Minister, Baghaei, Vice President of Executive
Affairs, Rostam Ghasemi, Minister for Petroleum, Heyder Moslehi,
Minister for Intelligence, Mojtaba Samreh Hashemi, Chief advisor to
President, Dr. Bashmani, head of the Central Bank, Alireza Haghighian,
ambassador of Iran to Pakistan and other senior officials.
Pakistan side, the meeting was attended among others by Hina Rabbani
Khar, Foreign Minister, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Finance Minister, Nazar
Muhammad Gondal, Federal Minister for Capital Administration and
Development, Senator Mir Israrullah Zehri, Minister for National Food
Security, Makhdoom Shahabuddin , Federal minister for Textile Industry,
Dr. Asim Hussain, advisor to PM on Petroleum and Spokesperson to the
President Senator Farhatullah Babar.