Thursday, December 23, 2004

Shariatmadari Considers Visit toPakistan for Expo Pakistan-2005

GEO Business News - Geo.tv: "Iranian delegation to visit Expo Pakistan-2005

ISLAMABAD: The Ambassador of Pakistan to Iran, Iqbal Ahmad Khan called on the Minister of Commerce of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Muhammad Shariatmadari and extended him the invitation to visit Pakistan on the occasion of Expo Pakistan-2005 being held at Karachi from February 2 to 5.

The Ambassador said that over 400 top manufacturers and business houses from Pakistan would display a wide range of quality products and services at the Expo.

According to fax message received here from Tehran, he said the visit of Iranian Minister and businessmen to Expo Pakistan 2005 would help give the urgently needed boost to Pakistan-Iran commercial ties.

The Ambassador informed the Iranian Minister that the event was likely to attract participation of more than 500 international buyers representing leading business houses of the world.

The Iranian Minister assured the Ambassador that he would consider the visit to Expo Pakistan 2005 and informed that a delegation of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines was preparing to participate in the event.

The Ambassador and the Minister also discussed bilateral trade relations between Iran and Pakistan.The two sides agreed to exert extra efforts for enhancing the volume of two-way trade.

They expressed satisfaction on the conclusion of the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between Pakistan and Iran in March, 2004 and the progress made on the Annextures to the PTA which contains list of goods on which tariffs are required to be reduced.

They expressed the hope that all formalities for export of agricultural products from Pakistan to Iran would be completed at an early date."

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