Gwadar, Chabahar ports ,Pakistan, Iran to expand cooperation

Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of Iran, Allauddin Boroujerdi said that Pakistan and Iran have agreed to expand cooperation between Gwadar and Chabahar ports with a view to connect these two seaports with Central Asian states and China for greater regional cooperation.

Speaking at a news conference, the visiting Iranian leader stated that the two countries have also agreed to enhance the bilateral trade to $5 billion from the existing $ 1 billion, adding the there is a lot of potential to increase the unsatisfactory volume of two-way trade between the brotherly countries.

He said Gwadar and Chabahar are sister ports and they will help boost bilateral trade between the two countries, adding the two sides have agreed to expand cooperation between the two ports so that these could be linked to Central Asia and China.

About the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline project, he said that the project is on the top priority of the two countries, adding Iran has already completed installation of 70-km long pipeline till Pakistan’s border.

He expressed the hope that bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran would be further enhanced, adding the two countries have extended support to each other during crisis situation and his visit will explore new avenues of cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

Boroujerdi further stated that the regional countries including Pakistan, Iran, China and Russia should enhance cooperation, adding Pakistani senators have also extended a proposal to form “alliance” of Pakistan, Iran and China and the Iranian side has agreed to that “alliance” for regional cooperation.