TEHRAN, Iran: The Opening Ceremony of the third International Border crossing point between Pakistan and Iran at Mand-Pishin was held on Wednesday in the presence of the honorable Minister for Defence Production of Pakistan Zubaida Jalal and the Minister for Roads and Urban Development of Iran Mohammad Eslami.
The dignitaries from both sides were also present during the opening ceremony.
The opening of a new border point has come at a time when the Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi is on a three-day visit to Iran.
In her remarks at the opening ceremony, Minister Zubaida Jalal termed the border opening as an important milestone in the Pak-Iran bilateral relations as after Mirjaveh-Taftan and Gabd-Reemdan crossings, it was the third international border crossing point between the two countries.
Besides enhancing trade, travel, and people to people contacts between Pakistan and Iran, this new crossing point would facilitate the movement of Zaireen from Pakistan by providing them an alternate route.
Before the opening of Mand-Pishin and Gabd-Reemdan, the Mirjaveh-Taftan remained the only international border crossing point between Pakistan and Iran for decades.
The Mand-Pishin border opening comes within five months of the opening of the Gabd-Reemadan border crossing that was opened on December 19, 2020.
The two countries also maintain other crossing points at different locations for trade and cross-border movement for local persons living on both sides of the border on Rahadari system only.