Pakistan, Iran resume trade activities at border amid pandemic

Imran Khan at UNGA
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at UNGA

Islamabad, May 14 : The trade activities between Pakistan and Iran at the Taftan border crossing have resumed after remaining suspended for more than two months as Islamabad closed its border due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said on Thursday.

The trade activities resumed on Wednesday after two trade crossing points, the Pakistan gate and zero-point trade gate, were reopened at the Taftan border, Xinhua news agency quoted Zahoor Baloch, a government official in Taftan, as saying to the media.

The trade activities between the two countries would continue thrice a week according to the standard operating procedures, the official said.

After the opening of the trade gates, some Iranian trailers loaded with food items and liquefied petroleum gas tankers arrived in Pakistan, according to the reports.

The decision regarding resumption of trade between the two countries was taken by the National Command and Operations Center of Pakistan in a recent meeting held in federal capital Islamabad, according to government officials.

Earlier in a telephone conversation last month, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani emphasized the necessity for the resumption of cross-border trade, reopening of the border markets, and strengthening the trade ties in conformity with the health regulations.

“The resumption of commodities exchange between the two countries will greatly help Pakistan”s economy, which has encountered many problems due to the coronavirus,” Khan had said.

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