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Iranian private sector is seeking to further facilitate transit cooperation with neighboring Pakistan.

Behnam Faramarzian, the director of international transportation and TIR carnet department of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA), on Sunday underlined the need for border activities with Pakistan, and the urgency for customs services to be provided 24/7 to help further activate border terminals between the two countries.

Faramarzian’s comments comes on the eve of a visit to Pakistan by an Iranian private sector delegation which is due to be headed by ICCIMA President Gholam Hossein Shafei.

Exploring ways to promote transit cooperation will be one of the main agendas of the visit to Pakistan by the Iranian delegation.

Faramarzian, who will be one of the members of the Iranian delegation to Pakistan, said that during his stay in the country, he will pursue expansion of terminals on the joint border, designing a green customs corridor and easing visa issuance process for truck drivers commuting across the joint border.

He believed that resolving transit problems will leave a direct impact on the level of trade exchanges between Iran and Pakistan.

Faramarzian also said that holding talks with the Pakistani operator of Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) Corridor is another agenda of the visit to Pakistan by the Iranian delegation.

During their five-day stay in Pakistan, the Iranian delegation will visit the cities of Karachi and Lahore.

Apart from private sector activists, representatives from the Iranian government will also attend the delegation.

The delegation will be comprised of businesspersons active in different areas including, food and agriculture, oil and gas, electricity and water, petrochemicals, constructional and mining products, pharmaceutical equipment and cosmetics, knowledge-based technology and transportation.

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