Pakistan, Iran continue trading activities on the border amid a pandemic | Instant News


Trade activity between Pakistan and Iran at the Taftan border crossing has restarted after remaining suspended for more than two months when Islamabad closed its borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said on Thursday.

Trading activity resumed on Wednesday after two trade crossing points, Pakistan gates and zero trading gates, were reopened at the Taftan border, Xinhua news agency quoted Zahoor Baloch, a government official at Taftan, as saying in the media.

Trade activities between the two countries will continue three times a week in accordance with standard operating procedures, the official said.

After opening the trade gate, several Iranian trailers laden with food items and liquefied natural gas tankers arrived in Pakistan, according to reports.

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

Earlier in a telephone conversation last month, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed the need to restart cross-border trade, reopen border markets, and strengthen trade ties in accordance with health regulations.

“The resumption of commodity exchanges between the two countries will greatly help the economy of Pakistan, which has experienced many problems due to coronavirus,” Khan said.

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