TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri underlined that President Hassan Rouhani’s government prioritizes cooperation with the neighboring countries, specially to promote exports.
“Exports promotion and cooperation, specially with the neighboring and regional countries, are among the country’s most important priorities,” Jahangiri said during a visit to Parviz Khan border market in Qasr Shirin in Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq.
He noted that continued cooperation with brotherly and neighboring Iraq, and said, “Parviz Khan border is an important border checkpoint and a major portion of the country’s exports take place through this crossing.”
Jahangiri said that the government plans to turn Qasr Shirin into a free trade zone.
Last month, former Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi underlined that Iran plans to increase the volume of its exports to neighboring Iraq.
“Iran plans to increase the value of its exports to Iraq to $20-25 billion in the near future,” Qassemi, who is now the head of the headquarters of exports to Iraq, said Sunday.
He noted that Iraq with a population of around 35-40 million and the damages it has sustained under Saddam Hussein’s regime is now in need of every goods and products, and “all its present needs and requirements, including industrial needs, are imported to that country”.
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