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Pakistan and Iran sign joint agreements to strengthen relations

Islamabad, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) On the occasion of a visit here by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who is heading a high-level business delegation, Pakistan and Iran signed agreements and memorandums of understanding on Monday.

After the signing the agreements, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Raisi agreed on improving bilateral trade ties and promoting business activities on the border to ensure the development and prosperity of their peoples.

He said that during a meeting, the two sides discussed in detail various fields of mutual interests, including the economy, trade, investment, diplomacy, security and culture.

The Iranian president said that even though trade between the two countries is moving in a good direction, it is the desire of both governments to increase it to 10 billion dollars annually in the next five years.

Raisi addressed the need for measures to improve border markets and security in those areas to stimulate business and trade.

He added that the two countries share common affinities such as the fight against terrorism, the efforts to curb organized crime and smuggling, issues on which bilateral cooperation might be enhanced, he urged.

The Iranian leader stressed that his country had made great progress in science and technology and that Tehran is willing to share its experiences and knowledge.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi began a three-day visit to Pakistan, leading a high-level delegation comprising Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian and other members of his government.

As part of his agenda in Pakistan, Raisi will also meet with his counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari; Senate leader Yusuf Raza Gilani and National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the Foreign Ministry informed.

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