Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Javad Zarif announced, in a meeting in Islamabad, that Iran would open a new border with Pakistan. The predominant purpose of this border will be to facilitate trade, also enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries.
The news was released during Zarif’s two day visit to Pakistan, where he met Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa. The foreign minister headed a senior delegation made up of political and economic experts.
According to Javad Zarif, Iran would open the Rimdan crossing point, saying that he hoped Pakistan too would open its side of the border so that trade could be maximized.
“Detailed and fruitful talks in Pakistan on border commerce and security, as well as barter trade” said the Iranian foreign minister on Twitter.
The two countries also agreed to set up a joint economic commission for steering bilateral trade and economic ties. Moreover, the establishment of border markets and crossing points was discussed during Dr Zarif’s meeting with Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa.
This is Dr.Jawad Zarif’s fourth visit to Pakistan since Imran Khan came to power.