Qatar to Boost Maritime Trade with Iran
Qatar is planning to increase maritime shipping lines between with Iran, reported Iran's official media quoting Hadi Haqshenas, deputy head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) for Maritime Affairs.
According to Fars News Agency, Hadi Haqshenas announced: "The Qataris who met the demand for their goods from Saudi Arabia and the UAE before (the siege and sanctions) have now requested increased maritime shipping between Iran and Qatar to bolster mutual trade."
He added that his country is now witnessing an eye-catching growth in shipping lines between the Iranian and Qatari ports.
Goods which are transited from Turkey and other adjacent countries to Qatar can also use the proper shipping lines at Bushehr port to carry goods to the Qatari ports, the report said.
Meanwhile, a report in the Trend said that Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called for boosting maritime cooperation between Tehran and Doha, during a phone conversation with Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
Rouhani said that there is no obstacle for developing political and economic cooperation between Iran and Qatar, Iran’s state-run IRINN TV reported Aug. 26.
There are many opportunities and potential for deepening mutual ties, Rouhani said, adding that boosting and maritime cooperation and creating a joint shipping line can help development of trade between the two countries.
Iran’s total exports to Qatar, the world’s biggest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), reached $47.66 million in June.