Leading Islamic country expresses interest in joining $60 billion Pakistan China CPEC project

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Leading Islamic country expresses interest in joining $60 billion Pakistan China CPEC project

KARACHI: Leading Islamic country expresses interest in joining $60 billion Pakistan China CPEC project Iran.

Iran on Saturday expressed interest in joining the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the $60 billion worth of Chinese-funded project enters into next phase of industrial and agriculture cooperation, reported *The News.*

Iran's Commercial Attache to Pakistan, Morad Nemati Zargaran, who was leading a delegation which visited Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) said CPEC was essential and opened up huge opportunities for both the countries.

“Iran wants to become part of this project which would surely ensure prosperity in the entire region,” Zargaran said.

The Iranian envoy, according to the report, said the business communities of the two countries should meet more frequently to improve their contacts and hold exhibitions which would help in improving bilateral trade and investment.

Zargaran assured his full support and cooperation to the business community for the improvement of trade activities and said steps have to be taken to deal with the barriers hindering smooth trade between the two countries.

“High customs duties need to be brought down to encourage legal trade and discourage smuggling,” he said

“Formal banking channel between the two countries has to be activated which is widely being demanded by the business communities of the two countries since quite some time now,” Zargaran added.

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