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2/24/05

Aziz: Iran-Pakistan annual trade exchanges to stand at dlrs 1b

Isfahan, Feb 24, IRNA-Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Wednesday evening expressed the hope that Tehran-Islamabad annual trade exchanges would reach dlrs one billion in the near future.

Talking to reporters in Isfahan, Aziz said the volume of Iran-Pakistan trade exchanges currently stands at some dlrs 400 million annually.

Islamabad is interested in the participation of Pakistani companies in Iran's economic activities and vice versa, he added.

Aziz further voiced his country's readiness to bolster transportation cooperation with the Islamic Republic.

Aziz, who was in this historical city at the end of his visit to Iran, termed his meetings with senior Iranian officials as positive and fruitful.

During its one-day visit to Isfahan, the Pakistani delegation visited different historical and cultural monuments in this ancient city.

Aziz and his accompanying delegation left the city on Thursday morning for Islamabad.

Shaukat Aziz, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Tehran on Tuesday and was officially welcomed by First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref at Sa'dabad Cultural Complex later on Tuesday.

The premier was accompanied by the ministers of petroleum and natural resources, narcotics control, and state for the interior.

This was Aziz's first visit to Iran since taking office in August 2004.

Tehran and Islamabad signed several documents for cooperation at the end of Pakistani premier's visit.

Pakistan has expressed its readiness to buy gas from Iran and pipe it to India through its territory.

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