Iran, Pakistan to open border crossing point to facilitate commerce

Iran and Pakistan will open a border crossing point to increase economic and trade exchanges, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh says.

Khatibzadeh added on Friday that the border crossing point between Rimdan, located in Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province, and Pakistan’s Gabd would open on Saturday by the two countries’ senior officials.

He noted that during a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Islamabad last month, the top Iranian and Pakistani diplomats agreed to open the Rimdan-Gabd cross-border gateway at the earliest.

“The construction of this border gateway between the two friendly and neighboring states and the recent inauguration of Khaf-Herat railway project show that the Islamic Republic of Iran attaches special priority to interaction and cooperation with its neighbors,” the Iranian spokesperson said.

Iran believes that development and progress in West Asia region depend on close cooperation among neighboring countries, he added.

A joint railway project linking eastern Iran to western Afghanistan was inaugurated on December 10 with presidents of the two neighboring countries delivering remarks through video-conference and expressing hope it will enhance trade links across the region.