0206 GMT February 25, 2020
Umar said this while talking to a four-member Iranian delegation led by the head of Iran-Pakistan parliamentary friendship group in Majlis, Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani, in Islamabad on Wednesday, IRNA reported.
The Iranian envoy said at the meeting that Iran and Pakistan share deep religious, cultural and economic ties. He noted that both countries have been enjoying strong brotherly ties in the past.
The Iranian lawmaker proposed the establishment of a joint bank between Iran and Pakistan along with doing business in local currencies to boost economic ties between the two sides.
Amirabadi Farahani stressed the importance of establishing border markets and industrial zones at joint borders. He said that peace in the border region would strengthen trade ties between Iran and Pakistan.
He expressed the hope that Pakistan would take concrete steps to materialize the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.
Welcoming the proposals made by Iranian lawmaker, Umar said that the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance would not hesitate to take any step to enhance financial ties with Iran.
The former finance minister said that his parliamentary committee would try its best to bring the two countries closer together.
The speaker of the National Assembly, Asad Qaiser, and the leader of the opposition, Shahbaz Sharif, welcomed the Iranian lawmakers at the Pakistan National Assembly.
The Iranian delegation arrived in Islamabad on Sunday for talks on bilateral ties and parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.