Iran urges Pakistan to complete IP gas pipeline project

Islamabad, Jan 18, IRNA -- Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost has urged Pakistan to take practical steps to complete much awaited Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project.

During an interview with Pakistani newspaper ‘Jinnah’, Honardoost said that Iran completed its portion of the project fiver years ago but Pakistan is yet to begin work on its side and that has delayed the project.

He said that according to the agreement the IP gas pipeline was to be completed by December 2014 which would overcome energy problems of Pakistan in most feasible manner.

Ambassador said that Iran and Pakistan as two important countries of the region can play a vital role for regional peace and stability.

He said that Iran and Pakistan through their close cooperation are moving forward to bring peace in neighboring Afghanistan.

Mehdi Honardoost said that despite some problems the current trade volume between Iran and Pakistan stands at $ 1.5 billion, while Iran-India Trade Volume is $ 8 billion.

He further added that Iran-Pakistan enjoy strong brotherly ties in all areas; however, bilateral trade has been affected due to some external pressures especially the American sanctions.

He said that Iran wants all Islamic countries to come together to resolve the crisis in Yemen and in this regards the Islamic Republic has already sent its suggestions to Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
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