Pakistan extended the closure of its border with Iran and Afghanistan for another two weeks due to the spread of coronavirus, according to a notification issued by the country’s Interior Ministry on Monday.
Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan and Iran will remain closed until April 26, the notification read.
The Kartarpur Corridor between India and Pakistan will also remain closed until April 24, Pakistan Today reported.
Pakistan first closed its eastern and western borders with Iran, Afghanistan and India on March 15.
The country has been on a lockdown for the past couple of weeks, and a decision whether to ease or extend it was to be made in a meeting of the National Coordination Committee on Tuesday.
Trade between Iran and Iraq has increased via Mehran border crossing, according to the spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).
The value of Iran’s non-oil trade during the first five months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20-August 21) reached $24.6 billion, about $5 billion more than the figure for the first four months, IRNA reported.
The value of Iran’s exports to Afghanistan is anticipated to reach $3 billion in the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 20, 2021), according to the chairman of Iran-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce.
Head of Iran Export Confederation Mohammad Lahouti has said that the country’s non-oil exports have declined about 39 percent due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Tasnim news agency reported.
Iran and Iraq resumed trade through Shalamcheh border, Mehr news agency reported on Sunday, quoting an Iranian provincial official.
Head of Iran’s Planning and Budget Organization (PBO) has said that offering shares of state-owned companies has brought the government 160 trillion rials (over $3.6 billion) in the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20-July 21).